Wat Si Saket

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Monks in Wat Si Saket
Buddha statues in the Sisaket Museum

Wat Si Saket (also Wat Satasahatsaham ) is a Buddhist wat in Vientiane , the capital of Laos .


Wat Si Saket was donated in 1818 by King Anouvong (also Chao Anou , ruled from 1805 to 1828). Anouvong, appointed by King Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok ( Rama I ) of Siam as ruler of the then dependent Lang Xang (forerunner of today's Laos), grew up in the Siamese capital and residence city of Bangkok and strove to make his country independent from Siam again and develop its capital into an equally magnificent city. Among other things, he also had the Ho Phra Keo rebuilt in 1566. In 1827 he sent his army against Siam, was defeated and Vientiane was largely destroyed as a result. Only a few buildings, including Wat Si Saket, were spared, possibly because the architecture was more based on the Siamese than the Lao style.

Chinese style drum tower

In 1893 the country was incorporated into the French colonial empire as a protectorate in French Indochina . Vientiane was expanded in a colonial style and in the 1930s Wat Si Saket was restored by archaeologists from the École française d'Extrême-Orient .

The building complex, with a terrace surrounding the main building with its five-part roof, is surrounded by a wall with more than 2000 Buddha images made of ceramic and silver. Today Wat Si Saket also houses a museum and is inhabited by only one abbot.

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Coordinates: 17 ° 57 ′ 47 "  N , 102 ° 36 ′ 40"  E