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Wat Sri Saket


Wat Sri Saket


  • Wat Sri Saket (1818) was built in the reign of King Anou of Laos and now is the oldest preserved building in Vientiane. Unlike other temples and other buildings in Vientiane it escaped destruction by the Siamese armies in the war of 1827.
  • The dates of foundation for most temples, monesteries and wats in Vientiane go back to the beginings of the capital of Lan Xang but now only a few originals remain due to the destruction of the Siamese armies.
  • Wat Sri Saket has a traditional Lao surrounding wall that has a gallery surrounding the inner side of its wall in which are thousands of niches to each house the Buddha figure in statues. These 6,840 statues are made of either terracotta, bronze or wood and date between the 16th to 19th Centuries. These statues have been moved here from other temples and from Luang Prabang. The artistic quality of these works varies from naive pieces of art to high quality pieces. The niches with their statues are set into the upper half portion of the surrounding wall.
  • Also surrounding these walls are verandas for shelter each supported by columns. Under the cloisters are 120 large Buddha statues each in the same style with the right hand on the right knee with the fingertips pointing downwards while the left hand rests on the lap with palm upwards. This is a classic position where Buddha is calling on the earth Goddess as witness to his enlightment and his victory over Mara, the King of the demons.
  • At the rear of the Sim  building is a gigantic tub in the shape of a Naga which is used to wash the Buddha statues. The role of the Naga in Tai and Khmer Temple architecture is explained here.



Wat Sri Saket



Wat Sri Saket