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March 9, 2013

Wat Si Saket (Si Saket Temple)

Wat Si Saket was built in 1818 on the orders of King Anouvong (Sethathirath V.) Si is derived from the Sanskrit title of veneration Sri, prefixed to the name of Wat Saket in Bangkok, which was renamed by Anouvong's contemporary, King Rama I. Wat Si Saket was built in the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture, with a surrounding terrace and an ornate five-tiered roof, rather than in the Lao style. This may have kept it safe as the armies of Siam that sacked Vientiane in 1827 used the compound as their Headquarters and lodging place. It may now be the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. The French restored Wat Si Saket in 1924 and again in 1930. (Source: Wiki)

 Wat Si Saket is conveniently situated across from Ho Phra Keo Museum.

A cloister wall with more than 2000 ceramic and silver Buddha images.

Naga guarding the entrance to temple



Drum Tower

Naga at the steps of Drum Tower

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