Wat Si Saket
Wat Si Saket, one of Laos’ most visited landmark, is the oldest Wat (temple) in Vientiane that has retained its original form.
At first glance, one would not easily assume that the Wat has seen war, but the famous Wat Si Saket is the only temple that has survived Siamese destruction from 1827 to 1828. Beyond the intricate aesthetic of the cloisters’ interior walls, one can see more of what makes Wat Si Saket such a special place both to local and foreign tourists: the well-preserved structures show traditional sacred Buddhist architecture, the 7,000 statues and images of Buddha on display that clearly represent Buddhist beliefs and culture, and the well-preserved lawns symbolise how much the people revere the place. A walk around this famous wat, which is still a place for worship and study, can make anyone feel the tranquility that is ever so present in the area.
Wat Si Saket is located in Ave Lane Xiang, Vientiane, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple is open daily, except public holidays, from 08:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee to the temple is LAK 10,000 (USD 1.2).
How to Get There
The quickest way to get to Wat Si Saket is through a tuk-tuk, which can be rented for LAK 60,000 (USD 7.21)
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
You can spend at least half a day in the area to discover more about the famous temple.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Visiting the temple early can not only help you beat the crowd, but you may also get the chance to see locals assemble in prayer in the temple.
Nearby restaurants such as the Kualao Restaurant, That Dam Wine Bar and Restaurant, Khop Chai Dieu, and Xang Khoo Restaurant serve both popular local and foreign dishes.
- Patuxai Victory Monument
- Buddha Park
- COPE Visitors’ Center
Hotels near the Wat Si Saket include the Ibis Vientiane Nam Phu Hotel, Heuang Chaleun Hotel, Xaysombuon Hotel and New Lao Paris Hotel. Rates start at USD 30 to 90 a night.