The Buddha Park Near Vientiane


The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is not your typical South East Asian city. It's quite sedate and calm. Although the city might not boast as many gems as say Luang Prabang in the north, one of the must see sights that took me there was the Buddha Park near Vientiane.


The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

Also known as Xieng Khuan, the park was started in 1958 by someone named Luang Pu. He was a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism and decided to place 200 odd hindu and buddhist statues in a park right next to the Mekong River.

The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

They range in shapes and sizes, and although there isn't all that much in terms of explanations, etc, it is still a remarkable collection of deities and religious sculptures. Some might say it's tacky, but I thought it was well worth the visit.

The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

It's is easy enough to get there, by taking a local bus from the bus station.  It takes roughly an hour to get there and the road will take you along the suburbs of Vientiane and along the banks of the Mekong.
The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

There is a bus stop right in front of the park, and believe me, it is hard to miss. The statues are massive and peep above the trees and people in Thailand across the river, can even see them on clear days.

The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

It is a popular place among tourists and locals and if you bring some food, a wonderful place to have a pick-nick. There is a cafe serving Laos food and drinks, and you will also find some souvenir shops and merchants selling snacks at the park's entrance.

The Buddha Park Near Vientiane

Comments

  1. oh wow, such striking statues. I've never heard of this place before, looks like a great place to spend a few hours.

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    1. It isn't something super famous or anything, but I guess Laos isn't really super touristy, except for Luang Prabang.

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  2. This looks amazing! I've been to Thailand and loved seeing temples and buddas while we were there. Laos is definitely in my list of places to visit.
    Alana x

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    1. I think Laos was a little bit more untouched than Thailand. Except maybe for Luang Prabang.

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  3. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! My dad would have loved to have visited here and he was a photographer, so he would have taken so many photos.

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    1. It definitely is a place to take lots of pictures.

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