Buddha Park: Experience The Unique Modern Buddhist Sculptures

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Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan or ‘Spirit City’ is a sculpture park located to the southeast of Vientiane, in a grassland by the Mekong river. Built in 1958 by Luang Pu (translated as a Venerable Father in Thai culture) Bunleua Sulilat, this famous sculpture park houses more than 200 different Hindu and Buddhist statues. The Buddha Park boasts numerous bizarre, elegant statues made from reinforced concrete, most notably a giant sculpture rather resembling a pumpkin, that hosts three stories representing Hell, Earth, and Heaven. Visitors can enter through a 10-foot tall mouth opening of a demon and climb the staircases that lead to the top of the sculpture, offering you breathtaking aerial views of the entire park. Other key attractions surely include the enormous 40-meter long, reclining Buddha and an artistic deity with 12 faces and many hands each holding an object.

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