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26/02/2010

Wat Si Saket, Vientiane, Laos

This is a photo of Wat Si Saket, a Buddhist wat in Vientiane, Laos. It is situated on Lane Xang Road, on the corner with Setthathirat Road, to the northwest of Haw Phra Kaew.
Wat Si Saket was built in 1818 on the orders of King
Anouvong, which may be the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. It 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, keeping it safe from the armies of Siam which sacked Vientiane in 1827. Although the temple was spared as its designed was a Bangkok style, the French restored the temple in 1924 and then again in 1930.
Wat Si Saket features a cloister wall with more than 2000 ceramic and silver Buddha images.

1 comment:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Beautiful architecture and I love the buddha images. It reminds me of the temple in Sha Tin China.