Located at Ban Xayaphoum Village on the bank of the Mekong River, Wat Xayaphoum was built in 1542, the same period of Ban Thahir or Nakham. It is the center of the local Buddhist people with arts and architecture dating from the original Savannakhet. Festive ceremonies are held for Pimai Lao and the Boat Racing Festival.
This pagoda was originally constructed in the 16th century, and it is located on the banks of the Mekong River, near the centre of the small city of Savannakhet. The pagoda grounds cover a (small) city block, and contain a plethora of Buddhist buildings. There is something of an air of disrepair, but there is also a measure of re-construction going on.
In Laos Buddhist temples still serve as schools for local children. I mention this as, in every temple I visited in Laos I was asked to talk to the children in English, and to read aloud their exercise books (usually decades old) so that the children can hear spoken English.
This particular temple serves as a school for novices, some of which I met when I visited. The temple grounds are also used for local Buddhist festivals. Waymark made at the eastern entrance.