Wat Chan

Attraction Watchan, Vientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
07:00 AM - 08:00 PM
09:00 AM
09:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Wat Chan is one of the many Buddhist temples located along Fa Ngum Quay in Vientiane, Laos. This is the main road that faces the beautiful Mekong River.

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Why Wat Chan is special ?

Wat Chan houses a big bronze seated Buddha image. The statue is said to have survived a number of calamities. Also worth viewing is a series of wooden panels that are ornately carved. 

The Wat found near the Mekong river is an active temple with resident monks. The sim or congregation hall is guarded by a couple of three headed Naga snakes. Their bodies extend over the balustrades of the stairway leading to the entrance.


The building’s multi tiered roof is adorned with a 15 part Dok so faa and stylized Naga finials. Its front gable is decorated in gold on red background with depictions of the Buddha, floral motifs and the three headed elephant Erawan with a howdah on its back. Panels show the Buddha meditating under a Bodhi tree, the Buddha teaching a group of followers and a reclining Buddha.


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What to explore at Wat Chan?

Two massive pillars with capitals in the shape of a lotus flower support the porches roof. The doors of the large central and smaller flanking entrances are adorned with delicate wood carvings.


The back gable is decorated with flower motifs, Naga snakes and a golden depiction of the Buddha surrounded by a group of followers.


The principal Buddha image housed in the Wat Chan’s sim is a large bronze image seated on a pedestal.


Next to the sim is a three storey drum tower. In front of it is a Buddha sheltered by the hoods of Mucalinda, the King of the Naga serpents. The Buddha in meditation position is seated on the wrapped up body of the seven headed snake. 


Other buildings on the grounds include two large multi purpose buildings, several stupas and an open Sala sheltering a broken ancient standing Buddha image.


A small statue of Phra Mae Thorani depicted as a young, attractive woman shows her wringing the waters out of her long hair. 


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How to get to Wat Chan?

The temple is found on Quai Fa Ngum near the Mekong river in the center of Vientiane. The temple can be reached on foot from most of the downtown area. A fun way to get around is by bicycle; one can be rented at about 10,000 Kip per day. A tuk tuk ride from the downtown area to the temple will cost around 20,000 Kip.


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Selling points

  • "An active temple"
  • “Fantastic place to pray"
  • "Beautiful and peaceful"
  • "Great art and architecture"
  • " Amazing design"
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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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Watchan, Vientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos

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Tips for you

  • Please remove your shoes before entering a building and dress appropriately.
    What to wear
  • After you pray or visit you can check the park where you can see Mekong river
    What to see
  • It's located next to the night market .
    Things nearby
  • This temple is located near the presidential palace.
    Things nearby
  • Thailand will be on the other side of the river .
    Things to do

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One of the many temples in the area, Wat Chan is a beautiful place to visit and wander around. The beauty of each of the many temples in the few blocks here is they are all individually beautiful, and feature great art.

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it's located next to the night market . after you pray or visit you can check the park where you can see Mekong river . Thailand will be on the other side of the river .

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メコン川沿いで、サラナホテルから歩いてすぐでした。道路を渡るとツアーオフィスがいくつかあるので、周囲はあまり静かな場所ではありませんでした。私が行ったのが朝だったからか、特に誰もいませんでした。黄色を基調にしたキレイな建物でした。わざわざ行くほどでもないかもしれません。

TripAdvisor View more

One of the many temples in the area, Wat Chan is a beautiful place to visit and wander around. The beauty of each of the many temples in the few blocks here is they are all individually beautiful, and feature great art.

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