Discover The Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) - Vientiane
A lot of travelers love to see unique places that do not only touch their inner quirky side, but also introduce them into a new world on how to view things. Yes, it is true that structures – such as religious buildings and monuments that have withstood the test of time – do have an established reputation, which can easily draw in thousands of people, sometimes peculiar destinations give travelers the feeling of awe that they have searched for so long. In the city of Vientiane, Laos’ capital, an incredible site called, the Buddha Park (a.k.a Xieng Khuan) is found. Here, travelers are treated with an amazing display or artistic representation of religious images.
Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat is the man everyone should thank for this marvelous place. Bunleuaa was a priest-shaman who melded integrated Hinduism and Buddhism and created unique perspective in life. Most of his sculptures are made of reinforced concrete and are adorned with bizarre design techniques. At the entrance, visitors are greeted with a three meter archway that looks like a demon’s mouth; but once they have the courage to take a few steps of the stone ladder inside, they are blessed with a bird’s eye view of the park.
There are over 200 sculptures in the park, but the most popular ones include the king of Hindu Gods, Indra, who is riding the three-headed elephant, Erawan and Airavata, a 40-meter-long reclining Buddha resting beside other smaller creations, and a deity which holds 12 faces and many hands, each holding an object. After viewing all the beautiful and ornate sculptures, the park has a local eatery and café at the end, which is stationed right next to the Mekong River – giving visitors a the perfect environment after taking in all the artistic splendor of Buddha Park.
The park is open from 8:00AM to 6:00PM and the entrance fee costs around 5,000 LAK. It is not very difficult to get here, especially from Vientiane. Busses and tuk-tuks are available, but if you are riding a private car, head southeast on Rue 23 Singha and after 1.8km turn left. You will keep traveling on that direction until you see the entrance.
What our experts tell about this experience.
When I saw Buddha Park from photos, I knew that I had to go and see it for myself. It's amazing, to see sculptures with unique design techniques. It's the kind of thing that's quirky and charming at the same time. I'm already planning a second trip, but bringing along a friend to make it even more fun.