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Wat Mixai in Vientiane

Vientiane Attractions

Wat Mixai, or the Temple of Victory, was built during the reign of King Sai Setthathirat (1550-1571) to celebrate the victory of the Lao-Burma war. It was renovated in the early 1900s, and built in a style that’s similar to Buddhist temples in Thailand.

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Wat Mixai’s name is inspired by the victory of Buddha over the distracting demon Mara, who was sent to test his fortitude on the eve of his enlightenment. The temple grounds feature several small stupas and sculptures of mythical creatures. Its main hall has a large statue of Buddha, with imposing columns decorated in red and gold and ceiling mural depicting his life. 

Located on Setthathilath Road in central Vientiane, Wat Mixai serves the Buddhist community and has a school within the compound. It’s a lively and working temple, where you can observe monastic life led by the numerous monks, novices, worshippers, and schoolchildren. Devotees pay their respects about 4 times a month, during the Buddhist days of reverence. 

Wat Mixai

  • Location: Setthathilath Road, Vientiane, Laos
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