Wat Sisaket

Vientiane's oldest temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Built between 1818 and 1824 by King Chao Anou, Wat Sisaket survived the Thai invasion in one piece, making it the oldest temple in Vientiane.

The temple features a Bangkok-style design with large pillars and a five-tiered roof -- perhaps this is why it was spared.

The sim is surrounded by a roofed cloister containing thousands of Buddha statues. The official count is 6,840 and fading murals illustrating the story of the Buddha's life. Efforts have been made to convert the temple into a museum and there are signs in English about its history and artifacts.

An admission fee of 5,000 kip is collected to enter the main area, though some parts of the temple, like the monastery and library, are outside the admission zone. While few practising Buddhists come to the temple to worship, modesty is required and the ticket collector will provide women with long skirts as they enter.

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Lane Xang Ave
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00
Last updated: 1st January, 2014
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Born in Aarhus Denmark, Ivana got her first passport at 6 months old and moved to Southeast Asia in 2009 to work as an English teacher and find new cultural windows in which to peep.

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