Ave Lane Xang, Vientiane, Laos
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Sometimes Age is better than ExtravaganceMost of SE Asia’s popular Wats (temples) are covered in lavish gold and extravagant art. But, one of my favorite Wats in Laos had hardly any gold at all. In fact, most of the buddhas were crumbling or missing pieces.
Wat Si Saket, built in 1818 is Vientiane’s oldest temple. The worn walls contain over 2000 Buddhas in various sizes and positions; most of which have been dug up from underground. They are beautiful in their simplicity and age. Definitely take the time to stroll through this Wat, even if you’ve seen hundreds…this one has something special.
Wat Si Saket is easy to get to if you are staying in central Vientiane. It is located on the corner of Th Lan Xang and Th Setthathirat. You can go by tuk tuk, or even walk if you’re in the mood.