Bizarre Buddha Park Vientiane
Imagine a verdant park full of intricately carved demons, snakes, monkeys, gods, tortured souls, heaven, hell, and Buddha. This is the surreal setting of the Buddha Park in Laos, where elaborate and once abandoned Buddhist and Hindu statues fill the grounds.
The Buddha Park or Xieng Khuan is a sculpture park 25 km from Vientiane off the banks of the Mekong River. The park contains over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues created in 1958 under the watchful eye of a priest-shaman named Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat.
This extraordinary sight is where fantasy meets mythology and where Buddhism has been integrated with Hinduism. The fantastical concrete sculptures in Buddha Park create a deeply mystical yet bizarre atmosphere. The park is also oddly interactive, as you can wander into the mouth of a demon or climb up a giant pumpkin head with three floors representing hell, earth, and heaven. This eccentric destination is a must for travelers drawn to the obscure and otherworldly.
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