Wat Si Sisket Vientiane: Oh my Buddha!!! (Photo Essay)

Last Updated on July 30, 2011 by Christine Kaaloa

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Vientiane, Laos.

If seeing Buddhas are you thing, then you’ll never find yourself at a loss in Laos. In fact, at Vientiane‘s Wat Si Sisket there’s an impressive collection of over 2,000 of them.

Housed in a small cloister, the Buddhas meditate around the main temple, each of them aged with its own personality of time, material and ruin. It’s a virtual antiquities museum jogging you to reflect on the history and reincarnations of ‘The Reawakened One‘.

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Cloister halls surrounding the temple.

budentEntering the hallway of buddhas

bud infA hall of mirrors?

bud 3A Trinity of Buddhas

4116672Joyful Buddha


4205120Dreaming Buddha

bud bodAscended Buddha

bud brkaLoveless Buddha

bud brokBroken-heart Buddha

bud grdpGrandpa Buddha


Buddha graveyard

budgrvDiscarded Buddhas (broken images discovered during excavations)


Wat Si Sisket
(Vientiane, Laos)
Across the street from the Presidential Palace
The cloister is open from 8:00am to noon and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Admission is 10,000 Kip (1.20 USD).


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  • Hello, love the photographs, just wanted to let you know that we have included this post in this weeks Worldfirst Wander (the girl power edition)- Its a weekly whats hot in the world of Travel Writers and bloggers.

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  • Laura in Cancun
    August 5, 2011 5:01 am

    Those are beautiful! I especially love the exterior view of the temple

  • Are those the real name of the Buddha like broken heart and ascended buddha? Some look like they were just broken. Great photos is seems like there is some much to see over there.

    • @Kirk: Ha ha… those weren’t the actual names but the brokenness of them just struck me as lovely. It inspired me to give them those funny names. 😉
      @Laura: Thanks.
      @wftristan: Mahalos for that nice link add to your post about how travelers take their cameras on their travels (so true) !

  • Hi Christine, it’s very interesting to see Buddhas in other countries. They r very different from Japanese ones. Why some of them are broken??

    • @Yuko: Hmmm…good question. You know I never asked. I supposed they were just broken due to age and the fact that they’re so a part of the culture that Laotians never thought they’d be a place for tourists to visit.