Vientiane City Pillar Shrine

Attraction Wat Si Muang, Vientiane, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
09:00 AM
09:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
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Must see
Kids
Free
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Vientiane’s new City Pillar Shrine is finished in 2012 and was handed over by the contractor to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism

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Why Vientiane City Pillar Shrine is special ?

Vientiane’s new City Pillar Shrine is finished in 2012 and was handed over by the contractor to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The shrine is located in Phiawat village, Sisattanak district. It was built on the spot where 473 stone city pillar fragments dating back to the 4th or 5th century were unearthed along with other artifacts.


Phettaphab Housing and Road Construction Co., Ltd. spent 13.3 billion kip on construction, of which the ministry has already repaid 10.3 billion kip. The objective construction of the city pillar shrine is to reserve the artifact items discovered that Lao and foreign archeologists believed the artifacts are part of the Vientiane City Pillar Shrine.


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What to explore at Vientiane City Pillar Shrine?

The activities will include religious ceremonies and traditional celebrations. Items of value will be placed on and around the city pillar, and worshippers can donate nine special traditional merit-making items to the monks. In return, they will receive blessings and special items such as wooden statues of Buddha, models of the city pillar, and books describing the history of the shrine.

There will also be a photo and artefact exhibition and performances of traditional music, while film screenings run every evening over the three days of the ceremony.

The event will also receive live radio and television airtime, starting on the afternoon of November 16. The official ceremony will start at 4pm the same day, attended by Party and government officials. Speeches will be made and a religious ceremony will follow.

A total of 99 monks from across the country are expected to come to Vientiane for the almsgiving ceremony which will take place on the morning of November 17, to be attended by President Choummaly Sayasone.

Selling points

  • “A new landmark to the city”
  • “Sleepy capital with nice people”
  • “Elegant temple"
  • “Beautiful Building”
  • “Nice Looking Wat”
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
789.16 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
25 places

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Wat Si Muang, Vientiane, Laos

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  • This is a good opportunity to take some photos.
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  • It is very near to other temples, with in a short walk, so the area is just nice to visit for sure.
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  • It's near the Wat Si Muang,
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  • Within just one small room, a bit of visitors, so you can safely pray, meditate, or to consider archaeological finds in the windows.
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This new shrine on an old site is very ornate with gold nagas on the steep stairs up to the central room which has a bright red & gold carved ceiling. There are glass cases showing the excavation of the old site. Not much to see really & not worth the long walk we took to find it!

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It is a very beautiful building and makes for a great picture. It is very near to other temples, with in a short walk, so the area is just nice to visit for sure.

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This is the new home of the Vientiane City Pillar, which was formerly at Wat Si Muang. The building is a beautiful example of modern-traditional Lao architecture, a proper building for the City Pillar. The building contains photos of the recovery of religious artifacts from excavations on site while building the Shrine.

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This is the new home of the Vientiane City Pillar, which was formerly at Wat Si Muang. The building is a beautiful example of modern-traditional Lao architecture, a proper building for the City Pillar. The building contains photos of the recovery of religious artifacts from excavations on site while building the Shrine.

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