We didn’t get to visit Wat Simuang the first time we were in Laos due to our short stay in Vientiane, and when we returned the second time, it fell on December 2, 2008, which was a Lao National Day, and many Lao local worshipers were there to worship.
There are many varieties of flowers that you can buy right along side of the road as you’re approaching Wat Simuang.
Wat Simuang is a sacred temple in Vientiane. Inside, the sim is unusually divided into two rooms. The front room of the sim is where the monks perform blessing ceremony for worshipers, and the rear room houses the large main altar, which is crowded with Buddha
An interesting story is the history of Wat Simuang (Simuang means color of city.) At Wat Simuang, there are cemented giants, angels, and various Buddhist legendary statues for protection. According to the legend, in 1563 (Lao year: 2106) when Wat Simuang was built, there was a ceremony of digging a hole to place a pillar (Lukk) as the center of the city (Muang) and invited anyone that would sacrifice his/her life by jumping into the ditch, and take an important role of becoming the guardian of the city, as a ghost that will guard the pillar, no salary offered at the time.
Believe or not, the person who was braved enough to jump into the ditch was a lady by the name of Si (means color) and that is how Wat Simuang got its name. The history of Wat Simuang indicates the bravery of a Lao woman during that time, more so than Lao men in time of crisis. Of course this is just a legend, I’m wondering if there is another version of the history of Wat Simuang out there.
[Edited 12/31/08] I believed below photo is the home of the Guardian of the city, also known as Jao Mae Simuang. The City Pillar is wrapped in sacred colorful cloth.
If I were the cat, I would look before I sleep, I wonder if s/he is having a bad dream.