Wat Si Muang

Attraction wat si muang vientiane Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
06:00 AM - 07:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Wat Si Muang is one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, and offers a fascinating insight into how old animist beliefs have blended seamlessly with Theravada Buddhism.

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Why Wat Si Muang is special ?


According to local legend, when the temple was being built in 1563 a young pregnant woman named Si Muang volunteered to sacrifice herself to appease the angry spirits. She threw herself into a hole in the ground where the building’s central pillar was to be placed, and was crushed when the massive pillar was lowered into position. This central pillar also formed the centre of the town that was springing up around Wat Si Muang, which to this day is revered as the ‘mother temple’ of Vientiane.


During the That Luang Festival every October or November, this temple is one of the focal points of the celebrations, and Si Muang is fêted as a guardian of the city. On a daily basis, Wat Si Muang attracts crowds of local Buddhists who want to benefit from its ‘good luck’ powers. It is commonly thought that if you pray for something here and simultaneously make a promise, your wish will be granted, providing you return and fulfil your promise.


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What to explore at Wat Si Muang?

The temple is named after Si Muang, who sacrificed herself in the pit that holds the central pillar of the structure. There is a small statue of Si Muang behind the building, along with a heap of old bricks that are said to date back to her time. 


The building itself is fairly unremarkable, although it does, unusually, contain two rooms rather than one. In the front chamber, you will find a monk offering blessings, while the back room contains an ornate altar where worshippers give their offerings. 


The interior of the temple is lavishly adorned in the usual manner with carved gold pillars, brightly coloured ceiling friezes and painted scenes from the life of the Buddha. 


King Sisavang Vong's monument is located next door, and is reachable through a gate from the Wat Si Muang grounds.


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How to get to Wat Si Muang?

The temple Wat Si Muang is located in the eastern part of the city of Vientiane ( Laos) on the way to the Friendship Bridge. Although the official address is Rue Thadeua Street (a couple of kilometers from the That Dam stupa and just 2 blocks from the COPE Visitor Center) to navigate is better to use the intersection of the streets Setthathilath and Samsenthai.


To get to Wat if Muang most advisable is to walk, another way to move is to rent a bike for 10,000 kip per day (€1) or take a tuk-tuk for 20,000 kip (€2).



Follow either Thanon Setthathirath or Thanon Samsenthai in an easterly direction towards the Friendship Bridge. If you are on Thanon Setthathirath, go past La Leela Hotel, and you will see the yellow Wat Si Muang on the other side of the street, surrounded by parked bicycles and motorbikes, as well as stalls selling flowers and other offerings. 

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  • “Landmark temple.”
  • “Place for Blessings”
  • “Real Worship here and great atmosphere.”
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  • The street opposite the temple is lined with vendors selling flowers, incense, candles, and other yellow-coloured temple offerings.
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  • Say the temple Wat Si Muang brings good luck to those who come to pray and pay their respects to the monks that there are,
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  • People really come here to get their wishes granted.If your request is granted then you have to return later with gifts of rice, coconut, bananas or flowers
    Things to do
  • There are also trees which allow to rest and just enjoy watching the people in the temple.
    What to see
  • The best time to visit is early in the morning
    Timming
  • King Sisavang Vong's monument is located next door, and is reachable through a gate from the Wat Si Muang grounds.
    Things nearby
  • There is no entrance charge, but you do have to pay to park your bicycle or motorcycle on the temple grounds.
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I first visited Wat Si Muang a few years back when I visited Vientiane, but it wasn't until I loved here did I realise the beauty and history behind the place. We went to Wat Si Muang when I moved into the house I live in to get some blessed water to sprinkle around the property. It was then that a friend told me the story behind Wat Si Muang. There had been several attempts at building a temple at that location that were unsuccessful, one day someone (can't remember who) told the people that someone must sacrifice their life by jumping in the well so that the temple can be built, and that person had to be pregnant. That was when a pregnant lady came forward and after her sacrifice, the temple was successfully built. There is a section of the temple that people can go to give thanks to this lady, and I believe her name was Si Muang. How true is the story? I couldn't tell you, but it was told to me by my Lao friends.

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it's true that outside of the temple it's not worth at all to visit . me & my partner give it a try to checked what's inside . we saw a monk giving a prayer/blessing . you'll appreciate the structure especially the ceiling of the temple . i felt the holiness of the temple which i also asked blessing to the monk . sometimes we see things what's on the outside if it . but if we are going to see the people who's in that temple we might appreciate the place for it's majestic & holiness .

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I was there when the museum was closed (around 6 o'clock) but had a walk around the templet, really pretty.

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I first visited Wat Si Muang a few years back when I visited Vientiane, but it wasn't until I loved here did I realise the beauty and history behind the place. We went to Wat Si Muang when I moved into the house I live in to get some blessed water to sprinkle around the property. It was then that a friend told me the story behind Wat Si Muang. There had been several attempts at building a temple at that location that were unsuccessful, one day someone (can't remember who) told the people that someone must sacrifice their life by jumping in the well so that the temple can be built, and that person had to be pregnant. That was when a pregnant lady came forward and after her sacrifice, the temple was successfully built. There is a section of the temple that people can go to give thanks to this lady, and I believe her name was Si Muang. How true is the story? I couldn't tell you, but it was told to me by my Lao friends.

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