Founded in 1714 during the reign of King Ong Nok (1713-1723), Wat Sene (full name Wat Sene Sukharam) was restored in 1932-1936 and again in 1957. Its name ('100,000 temple') apparently refers to its initial foundation with a donation of 100,000 kip. Constructed in Luang Prabang Style II, the sim features a single porch and triple nave of five bays with lean-to structures added onto the sides. It is surrounded by 11 small stupas. The three-tiered red and yellow tiled masonry roof covers all five bays and slopes downwards to curve inwards on each side.
The temple is made up of a vihan, a that, several koutis, a pirogue shelter (where you can see a racing pirogue of extreme beauty), and a drum shelter.
The Wat Sene is the first monastery in town whose vihan was covered with yellow and red tiles in the modern Thai fashion. You can see the same type of colours at the Wat Nong Sikhounmuang.
- Street address : Thanon Sisavangvong, Ban Wat Sene
- Telephone :
- Contact : Phra Khamchanh Virachit Chief Abbot
- Opening hours : 08:00am-05:00pm daily