Wat Si Muang
Wat Si Muang, a popular place of worship in Vientiane, is an important landmark that houses the pillar lak meuang, a site believed to be the home of the city’s guardian spirit.
The temple not only has an impressive architecture but it also has an interesting origin — according to legend, a pregnant woman named Si Muang sacrificed herself to appease the angry gods, and eventually, her spirit became the guardian of Vientiane. Visiting Wat Si Muang also provides a unique insight into how the belief of the old animists blended well with Theravada Buddhism. Tourists visit Wat Si Muang either to ask for good fortune by making a promise or to return to fulfill the promise they made.
Wat Si Muang is located in Rue Thaduea, Vientiane, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
Tourists can visit the temple from 6:00 to 19:00 every day.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance costs LAK 3000 (USD 0.36).
How to Get There
- Fly to Vientiane via local airlines such as Lao Air. International flights to Vientiane are also available via AirAsia, Vietnam Airlines, and Thai Airways.
- From the airport, hire a taxi or board a bus to the town centre.
- From the centre, hire a tuk-tuk to Wat Si Muang.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Spend at least one hour exploring the area.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Because Wat Si Muang is a famous tourist attraction, it’s best to visit as early as 7:00.
While visiting Wat Si Muang, you can try different restaurants serving local and western dishes. Choose from nearby restaurants such as Mittaphap Restaurant, Tota Restaurant, Kung’s Cafe, and Cafe Sinuok.
- Wat Si Saket
- That Dam
- Lao National Museum
Find accommodations from nearby hotels like Hemera Hotel, Mercure Vientiane, Green Park Boutique Hotel, and Muong Thanh Luxury Hotel. Rates range from USD 60 to USD 150.