This temple is the home of the "City Pillar" of Vientiane (though it will be moved to its own building soon, I believe) which was supposedly placed in the ground on top of a pregnant woman who jumped in the hole to ensure good luck for the city! But there are one or more monks offering blessings under a tarpolin in the grounds, lots of flower sellers around the place, the opportunity to buy and set free caged birds to gain merit, which follow the a fortune telling set up and several aids to curing infertility, all within the grounds. The main temple area is attractive without being "over the top." The best time to visit is early in the morning and if possible on the "Buddha days" which occur every 14 days in accordance with the lunar calendar.
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