Wat Mixai, or the Temple of Victory, was
built during the reign of King Sai Setthathirat (1550-1571) to celebrate
the victory over the Burmese troops during the 16th century Lao-Burma
war. It was renovated in the early 1900s and adopted a Central Thai
style of religious architecture.
As with many Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, the name Wat Mixai may
have association with the victory of the Buddha over the distracting
demon Mara who was sent to test his fortitude on the eve of his
With its convenient location right in the city centre of Vientiane, Wat
Mixai serves the Buddhist community who congregate here four times a
month, during the Buddhist days of reverence. There is a public school
within the compound and it is a lively and working temple where visitors
can observe monastic life led by the numerous monks, novices,
worshippers, and schoolchildren.
There is a large presiding Buddha in the main, high-ceilinged hall and
the imposing columns are decorated in red and gold while the mural on
the ceiling depicts the lives of the Buddha. In the temple grounds there
are small stupas and sculptures of mythical animals and demons.
In all, the temple seems an exact replica of the form and style of Thai
temples just across the Mekhong River. No relics are buried here, nor is
it steeped in history and folklore, as are other grander Vientiane
temples. Nevertheless, as part of the temple tours and for observing
Buddhist daily life, it is well worth a visit.
Setthathilath Road, Vientiane
+856 21 212155