1/5
[ stop the slideshow ]

Ho What Phra Keo 01

IMG_2638-pl-adj.jpg ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02ThumbnailsHo What Phra Keo 02

Vientiane boasts several beautiful temples or wats, but one of the most impressive and interesting of them is Wat Ho Phra Keo. It was originally constructed in 1565 as the Lao royal family’s personal chapel, and as a home for the Emerald Buddha after it was snatched from northern Siam (Thailand). This sacred jade statue was reclaimed by the Siamese in 1778 and now sits in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.