The Temple Wat Sisaket located Vientiane, Laos, is not the only temple that was destroyed during the invasion of the Siamese army. Wat Sisaket is the oldest temple in Vientiane that retains its original appearance, decorated with 6840 Buddha statues.

Wat Sisaket temple in Vientiane

Sisaket Temple situated in the heart of the city of Vientiane, is the only temple to sobrevio invasion of the Siamese army in 1828, which becomes the oldest temple in Vientiane that retains its original appearance to Sisaket. With almost 7000 Buddha statues in its interior and located front to the Haw Pha Kaeo Temple, Wat Sisaket is one of the most popular points of interest Vientiane.

Information about Sisaket Temple

The temple Wat Sisaket (also called Wat Sisaket and Wat Si Saket) was built in the year 1818 by mandate of King Anouvong and completed in 1824. Due to the great splendor of Sisaket Temple, this was the favorite place of the King of Laos to meet with the aristocracy.

Sisaket Temple is the only thing that survived the invasion of Siam in 1828 that ravaged the city of Vientiane. For example the temple Haw Pha Kaeo, Located directly across, has been rebuilt 3 times.

For this reason, Wat Sisaket is the oldest temple in Vientiane that retains its original design, marking style Thai, although the temple was restored twice, the last in 1930.

Sisaket Temple (Vientiane, Laos)
Sisaket Temple (Vientiane, Laos)

Board of Management

Wat Sisaket is a beautiful example of the architecture blends Thai mixture Laotian. The main building of the Sisaket complex, called Ordination Hall, is a structure that is supported by a long columns, culminated by a roof of 5 levels, all of which are decorated with beautiful woodcarvings.

Ordination Hall - Temple Sisaket - Vientiane - Laos
Board of Management - Temple Sisaket - Vientiane - Laos

The popular belief is that this similarity of Wat Sisaket the Thai temples, was the reason that the armies of the Kingdom of Siam decided not to raze this place.

Thai Temple in Vientiane - Wat Sisaket
Thai style Vientiane Temple: Wat Sisaket

Although it is possible to access the inside of the Board of Management of Sisaket Temple, is forbidden to take pictures.

Sisaket Temple Vientiane (Laos)
Sisaket temple in Vientiane (Laos)

The main temple of the complex Sisaket, Ordination Hall, surrounded by a rectangular courtyard decorated with brightly colored plants. The courtyard in turn is flanked by a few small corridors by way of galleries supported by 12 columns each.

Wat Si Saket (Laos)
Wat Si Saket

The Buddhas of Sisaket

One of the reasons why the Sisaket Temple is famous are 6840 Buddha statues found in the courtyard galleries. These statues of Buddha along with the murals represent Jataka i.e. the different stages of the life of Buddha.
Most of the statues are mounted on the walls of Sisaket, statues more large, are placed on shelves at different levels.

The Buddha statues that decorate the temple Sisaket are mainly wood carvings, although there are also statues in bronze, silver and ceramics.

During the restoration work of hundreds of Sisaket Temple Buddha statues buried in the courtyard of the temple, many of these statues are stacked in the western sector of Sisaket, waiting to be restored were discovered.

Buddha statues at Wat Sisaket
Buddha statues at Wat Sisaket

Sisaket Library

This Sisaket complex building is the so-called library, years ago place where is guarding the manuscripts of palm leaves and books of Buddhist philosophy. These documents are currently in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok.
The roofs of the library is the highlight of this corner of Sisaket.

Main building of Wat Sisaket
Main building of Wat Sisaket

The Drum Tower

At the main entrance to Sisaket Temple, there is a small vertical structure called the drum tower. It's a Doghouse outdoor 2 story, where in the upper floor there is an immense drum.

Gardens Wat Sisaket
Gardens Wat Sisaket

Garden entrance to Sisaket temple

Between access to Sisaket Temple and the street, there is a large garden of free access with benches to sit and fruit trees that provide shade. Street vendors selling coconut milk and something to eat are also common. Without a doubt, a good place to rest.

Wat Sisaket Vientiane
Wat Sisaket Vientiane

Dress Code Sisaket Temple

As in other temples of the city, as for example the temple Haw Pha Kaeo, the women have to wear long skirt or pants. In case of failure to comply with the Sisaket dress code, you can rent a Laotian traditional skirt at the entrance of the Temple of Sisaket.

Wat Si Saket - Vientiane
Wat Si Saket - Vientiane

Opening hours and admission price to Sisaket Temple

Sisaket Temple is Open every day of the week in hours of from 8:00 up to the 12:00 and evenings of from 13:00 until the 16:00.
The price of admission to Sisaket are 5,000 kip (€0.5 to change, see) Currency of Laos).

Opening hours and price to enter Wat Sisaket
Opening hours and price to enter Wat Sisaket

Getting to Sisaket Temple

Sisaket Temple is located in the Centre of the city of Vientiane, Laos, along with other monuments as the That Dam Stupa, the Haw Pha Kaeo or the Presidential Palace. The exact address is the beginning of the Avenue Lang Xang.

Video from Sisaket Temple

This is a video of the outside gardens and Sisaket (Vientiane, Laos) temple.

Temple Sisaket - Vientiane - Laos

Related Wat Sisaket

  • Haw Pha Kaeo another beautiful temple of Vientiane just opposite the temple Wat Sisaket
  • Pha That Luang the great golden Pha That Luang stupa, the symbol of Vientiane
  • patuxai the Victory Gate of Vientiane, near Sisaket temple on Avenue Lang Xang
  • That Dam Stupa Black Stupa in Vientiane, monument dating from the times of Siam