Among many temples in Vientiane – the capital of Laos, Wat Si Saket still remains its reputation and interest for visitor. This temple is the oldest one which maintains its old structure from the past in the area and plays an important role in local belief.

Wat Si Saket - the oldest temple in Vientiane, Laos

Wat Si Saket – the oldest temple in Vientiane, Laos

The King Anouvong who reigned the last dynasty of Laos’ monarchy ordered to build this temple in 1818 and until then, the structure as well as decoration is still the same in traditional way. Its location is opposite Presidential Palace; therefore, by taking just a few more steps, you can easily visit two sites in a morning or afternoon only. There are also many day tours offering on this site.

Although Wat Si Saket is built in Laos by Laotian, its main architecture follows Siamese Style (Thais Style) of Buddhist Architecture, which makes it even more special. The main building is outstanding with an ornate five-tiered roof and is surrounded by terrace. This feature in fact has helped itself to be protected through Siamese attack and explain why it has not been destroyed during the war.

The specialty about this temple is not just about its architecture but also decoration. It is famous for thousands of ceramic and silver Buddha decoration.  6840 Buddha statues representing different stages in Buddha’s life, found in the courtyard galleries is another interesting fact. In the ordination hall “the sim”, a slightly damaged Buddha statue in Khmer style is said to have been existed since thirteenth century and is brought from a nearby Khmer sites. For locals, this temple is where they will bring offerings every morning or in the special occasion.

Buddha statues inside Wat Si Saket

Buddha statues inside Wat Si Saket

All women are required to wear “the Sinh”, Laotian traditional costume when entering this temple. There will be rental shop in the entrance in case you can’t prepare “the Sinh”. Around the ordination hall, there is a drum tower and beautiful garden where you can relax yourselves and enjoy peaceful atmosphere.

Entrance Fee: 5000 Kip (For inner site)

Opening Hour: From Monday – Sunday (Except for Public Holiday)

Morning: 8AM – 12AM

Afternoon: 1PM – 4PM