When Vientiane was seized by Siam (now Thailand) in 1778, the figurine was taken to Thonburi and the temple was destroyed. After it was rebuilt by King Anouvong of Vientiane in the 19th century, it was damaged by Siamese forces when King Anouvong rebelled against Siam in an attempt to regain full independence. The revered Buddha now resides in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok. As depicted in the record by Louis Delaporte (c.1867), the temple was not heavily damaged and no trace of large scale fire destruction was observed. The temple was renovated by the French between 1936 and 1942, during colonization of French Indochina.
15 October 2014