23 Jun Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos
If you love discovering unique and quirky places then you should definitely include a visit to the Buddha Park in Vientiane. The park lies in a peaceful meadow near the Mekong River, and is an absolute highlight! This awesome attraction is located about 25km outside the city centre. It takes approximately 40 minutes by tuk-tuk to get there. You should plan to spend 2 hours in the actual park.
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Buddha Park and its fascinating sculptures
Monk Luang Py Bunleua Sulilat created the park in 1958. However, the concrete sculptures scattered throughout the park seem much older than they actually are. They include animals, humans, demons and many Buddhas and characters from Hindu Mythology.
This is not one of the many Buddha temples seen across Southeast Asia. This is a weird and wonderful place containing over 200 statues portraying Buddhist and Hindu lore. Monk Luang Py Bunleua Sulilat actually studied both religions! He has therefore been able to capture the essence of both religions in his beautiful, but yet very bizarre designs.
Locals refers to the park as Xieng Khuan, and this transfers to “Spirit City”. The religious themed statues are spread all over, and it certainly captures the attention of all visitors!
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One of the main points of the Buddha Park is a pumpking-like structure. Visitors can enter trough the demon´s mouth and climb up to enjoy a stunning view over the entire park. There are small tunnels within the structure, and the small chambers are representing heaven, earth and hell.
This was really one of our favorite things to do in Vientiane. Make sure that you also include a visit to the famous COPE Museum on your way back. Just ask your tuk-tuk driver, and he will drop you off 🙂