Vientiane, although a capital city, is unhurried right to the very core. And this pace easily grew on us.
It was already our fourth day in the country, yet it was only the first day that we bothered seeing the sights. On our map were attractions within a two-kilometer radius and we didn't intend to go further afield. We also allotted a mere couple of hours for our roaming (after which we hit the hay again). That's life for us in Laos.
Unlike Wat Si Saket's entrance, Ho Phra Kaew's was bustling. There were more local pilgrims than foreign visitors. Admission's also a cheap 5,000 kip. The wat, built in 1565, used to house the Emerald Buddha (now in Bangkok). It is no longer used for religious purposes, and is now utilized as a museum. Oh and apparently, a hangout spot for Lao youngsters.
We rushed through the museum, just enough to catch a glimpse of palm-leaf manuscripts and Buddhist stone tablets for we preferred to stay longer at its veranda. To watch the garden's leaves dance with the wind. To watch the afternoon shadows slowly shift.
And to watch monks take photos of Buddhas with their tablets.
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