One of the places that people love to visit when they come to Vientiane, Laos, is the beautiful temple Wat Sokpaluang. Also known as Wat Pa, which means “Forest Temple,” this is one of the most highly sought after places to visit because of its beautiful large forest that grounds in the feeling of peace that comes over those who come to visit it.
In fact, many, to this temple not as much to be tourists, but to enjoy the meditative restorative properties of this fantastic retreat. This has been found to be one of the favorite temples to visit in the city because so many enjoy the meditative stroll they can take around the grounds, feeling renewed and at peace with the world once they leave.
What You Will Find at Wat Sokpaluang
unlike many of the temples you will find in the city, this one is actually a more modern construction. There is a congregational hall, referred to as a sim, a drum Chapel and, of course, a quarters where the monks stay.
Three of the reasons that people love to come here start with the meditative properties of the facility itself. There is a traditional sauna where you can allow the soothing heat and fragrances to cleanse your body of the struggles and challenges of life. You also find that the massages are truly spectacular. For those who were looking to not only partake in the processes of meditation but would also like to learn them, there are courses offered on Buddhist meditation to those who wish to learn. These include both seated and walking meditations, and the classes are taught in English for those who desire. These classes are offered every Saturday from 4 PM to 5:30 PM, and are free but donations are asked to assist with the temple.
As a note, there was a building specifically dedicated to the sauna and massage, however, in 2013 this building burned down. It has not been reconstructed as of this date but these two services are still offered on the grounds.
More about the Sauna and Massage
Many really enjoy coming to Wat Sokpaluang because of the restorative properties that they encounter during the sauna and massage treatments. The herbal sauna begins when you change into a sarong. When you enter into the sauna you are immediately hit with a blast of steam as herbal infused heat overcomes your body. Within moments you are breathing in deeply and enjoying the soothing effects of this herbal steam. There were 32 different herbs that are used in each one of them assist in the cleansing and restoration of your body.
After about 10 minutes you were then taken to an area where you were given a very therapeutic massage. There are six massage beds here so the waiting is not more than a few moments before you receive the treatment. After an hour of this incredible massage you will feel like a new person from head to toe.
If you were looking for a place where you can restore mind and body, this is the place to go.