Impressions Of The Buddha Park In Vientiane, Laos.
The Buddha Park (also known as Sala Xieng Khuan) is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast of Vientiane in a meadow by the Mekong River.The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues and is around 10 acres large. We drove there by motorbike (~ 45 minutes), which was great because we could explore the region around Vientiane as well.
Anyway, the park was built by Bunleua Sulilat, who fled to Thailand in the 70s where he built another Buddha Park known as Sala Keoku. As you might notice, the word “Sala” is a present in both names: Sala Xieng Khoan (in Laos) & Sala Keoku (in Thailand). The word “Sala” means the place where you can meditate or recover. This is why the park is “used” by many monks for resting, reading or studying.
When walking through the park, you’ll come across some bizarre statues of humans, gods, animals, demons and an enormous sculpture of a sleeping Buddha. One notable sculpture in the park resembles a giant pumpkin. It consists of three stories representing hell, earth and heaven. Visitors can enter through an opening which is a mouth of a demon head (second photo below) and climb up a staircases (from hell to heaven) where you’ll have an amazing view of the park.
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