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Wat Si Muang is a temple in the city of Vientiane. The Buddhists believe that praying in Wat Si Muang will bring good fortune. Wat Si Muang was built in 1563 by the Kingdom of Lan Xang. The history about Wat Si Muang was that there was a girl who was pregnant for three months and she wanted to sacrifice herself for God, so she went down to the place where the central pillar was built and then buried alive there. Buddhists believe that the soul of this girl named Si was the one who spread good lucks in Wat Si Muang. Most of all Buddhists in Vientiane pray here every day, so this Wat is confirmed to be the most crowded temple in Vientiane.
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This temple is popular for its good lucks. Many people in Vientiane visit this temple to make requests to Buddha and when their requests are fulfilled, they will come back to the temple to put their offerings which they have promised before at the altar. If you are interested to make some requests, take the tour inside Wat Si Muang and straightly go to the altar. Moreover, you can also guess about your horoscope here.
Wat Si Muang is also popular for its beautiful Buddha statues and temple buildings. There are several places that you may don't want to miss. Take a special tour inside the complex and discover the best place to take photos. The temples are dominantly in the color of yellow. Even the Buddha statues around the temple were also made from gold, you can imagine how bright the temple is, right?
During the That Luang Festival, one of the main events is the Wax Festival. The Wax Festival was held in the Wat Si Muang. Local people will carry a wax castle to Wat Si Muang and asks for blessing from the monks. In Buddha, it is known that if you are make offerings from honey or wax, then it will bring you good lucks. If you want to join the locals on the Wax Festival, make sure you know the schedule of That Luang Festival and take wax castle with you.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning in visiting Vientiane, especially Wat Si Muang, you don't need to pay for the entrance fee. However, if you are going there by car or bike, make sure you bring some money to pay for the parking fee
How To Get Around?
Vientiane is a city that is quite small. To get around Vientiane and Wat Si Muang, it is recommended to go by bicycle or simply go by foot. It is also recommended to take the tuk-tuk around the city. However, make sure that you get the best price of tuk-tuk since tuk-tuk's driver usually ask for a high price towards foreigners.
What Should I Wear?
Laos is a country in Asia which has two seasons. It is always hot there, so make sure you wear something comfortable such as shorts and t-shirts. If you are going to the temple, pay attention on your clothes since you need to cover your arms and also your knees there.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Laos is when the weather is dry but not too hot. So, it is best to visit Laos in between October and April. If you are also planning to visit the river, it is best to visit it on November and January since the water levels get high at those months.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find anything for your tour on this site.
How To Get There?
To get to Wat Si Muang from the heart of Vientiane city, you can go to the streets that are head to the Friendship Bridge in Thailand. You can see the golden Wat Si Muang on the other side of the street. Since the country of Laos is locked in the middle of other Southeast Asia's country, to get to the country it is only accessible by plane. If you are visiting Laos from Thailand, Myanmar, or Cambodia, then you can ride on a bus or car.
Since Laos is the based for the Buddhist, you need to always make sure about things that are related to their religion. You might encounter a statue which there are some flowers and incense around it. Make sure that you are not touching anything that has been put there.