Wat Si Siket
Laos is full of Wats and Vientiane is no exception. Wat Si Siket has over 10,000 Buddhas throughout the structures on the property. It is the only original temple that remains from before the Siamese control. It was built in 1818 in the Siamese style of Buddist architecture instead of the Lao style. All the others were burnt by the Siamese. This one was believed to be saved because of its close resemblance in architecture to the Siamese Wats.
Wat Haw Pha Kaew
This Wat was built specifically in 1565 to house the Emerald Buddha. This was unfortunately stolen by the Siamese and is now housed in Wat Phra Keo at the Royal Palace grounds in Bangkok. We saw it when we were in Thailand, but didn’t realize at the time that it had been stolen from Laos.
Wat Pha That Luang
Wat Pha That Luang is a gold covered Buddisht Stupa. It is thought to have been established in the 3rd century. It is regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and is a national symbol.