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Discover Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Si Saket - Vientiane


Overview

When travelers entertain their interests in religious structures, they usually visit the temples that are sprawled across the lands of countries, such as Laos, and only a handful of travelers have understood that these structures, though constructed for holy purposes, are also works of art as well. In the streets of Vientiane, there are two temples that are stationed nearby each other, that depict the Lao Buddhist faith and architecture. They are the Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Si Saket.

Wat Phra Kaew was built in the year 1565 and used to be the place where the Emerald Buddha was stored. Though the treasure no longer sits within its walls, the museum is still a site to behold. Guests are welcomed by the entrance’s stoned steps, which are being guarded by sculptures of Naga creatures built on the railings. Once inside, they are surrounded by numerous images of Buddha, either sitting with their hands on their laps, or standing whilst adorning a golden sash. Northwest of Wat Phra Kaew is Wat Si Saket. Built in 1919, on the order of King Anouvong, this temple is not as flashy as the former temple, but its humble structure may be the oldest one in the whole of Vientiane. Also, because of its Siamese design (which can be spotted with its ornate five-tiered roof) it has survived the rebellion in 1827. There is a drum tower located in the area and a row filled with Buddha images, which are all being protected by the Naga beast at the entrance.

Trip Guru would like to remind travelers that these temples are sacred places, and that they must wear the appropriate garments before entering. Revealing the shoulders and legs, and if not followed, visitors can rent a Laotian fee at the main entrance.

Since the temples are relatively close together, you can visit Wat Phra Kaew first, before heading to Wa Si Saket. From the Vientiane Center, you can walk southwest on Sakarin Road towards Samsenthai Road and then turn right. After 450m turn left and then another left after a few meter, and the temple will be there.  These temples are opened from 8:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM to 4:00PM every day. Entrance fee costs 5,000 LAK for each temple.


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