Buddha Park in Vientiane: Experience Nirvana
Take a look inside this mystical garden, a site that begs to be the setting of a horror story or the venue for a visionary trip.
There are two Buddha Parks, very close to each other, but in different countries. The original one is in Laos, outside the capital. The second one was built at the other side of the border with Thailand, after its founder escaped from the new communist regime created in 1975. In this post we are having enough visiting only the park on the Laos side.
Is this the inspiration for the merry-go-round? The park was erected in 1958.
Image by Cyborgwardt
Gods and demons from Hindu tradition are the charismatic characters of the place.
Image by Yeowatzup
You might think that this reclining Buddha is meditating or having a nap. But according to tradition, he is actually preparing for his death and enter Nirvana. Image by Middric
The lion's den. Or should we say... welcome to the haunted house!
The inside of this 'building', is representing heaven, earth and hell. It is worthy of the most sinister theme park.
Image by Juliansong
The kids are the real guardian spirits of the place.
Part of the sculptures seem to have been smashed under the cover of darkness, and have a look even more gruesome.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
These skulls have a Mexican flair.
Image by Many Moon Honeymoon
A giant with very expressive eyes, reminiscent of the robots from Hayao Miyazaki films.
And of course, there are colorful monks wrapped in orange.
If you would like to know more about this place, you can also search for Xieng Khuan or the name of the creator of this park, Bunleua Sulilat. Image by LightOnDude
HOW TO GO TO BUDDHA PARK IN VIENTIANE:
It used to be a public bus going there (number 14), the same in route to the friendship bridge, in the border with Thailand.
Unfortunately this bus doesn't run anymore due to the bad road condition, please check for the latest update in Wikitravel.