|• Total||5.36 km2 (2.07 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||16 m (52 ft)|
|• Density||523/km2 (1,350/sq mi)|
Wakken is one of the seven oldest parishes in West Flanders. A charter dated to 791 makes the first known mention of Wakken: "in villa noncupante Wackinio." The spelling of the name has changed several times throughout history: Wackine (870), Wackinna (1010), Wachines (1183), Wackene (1351), Wacken (1467) and Wakken (since 1915).
Antoine, bastard-son of Philip the Good, made the court of Wackene to his residence in 1480. His son, Antoine II, married the daughter of Andries Andriessen, knight and Lord of Wackene. Their son Adolf of Burgundy became Governor of Zeeland, Vice Admiral of Flanders and special envoy of Philip II of Spain.
- Joris Van Severen, founder and leader of Verdinaso
- Jodocus Hondius, cartographer, publisher and humanist
- Luc Verbeke, Flemish poet, author, flamingant, co-founder of the Committee for French Flanders
- Hugo Verriest, Flemish priest, author and flamingant
- Modest Huys, painter
- Maurice Meersman, cyclist
- "Maurice Meersman". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 7 March 2015.