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5 In Laos/ Religion + Spirituality

Buddha Park – Laos

The main purpose of our first planned stop in Laos was to visit Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) inside a village just outside of the city. I kept seeing photos of this park filled with statues of Hindu and Buddhist figures and was instantly in love with the idea of exploring this park. We made our way to Buddha Park after negotiating a price with a tuk-tuk driver and rode about 30 minutes from our hostel to this stunning site.

The sculptures in this park are the work of one man, Bunleua Sulilat and they range in size from a few feet to 350+ feet! It is truly impressive to see one man’s vision laid out so beautifully. Bunleua Sulilat was a studier of religion and believed that Hindu & Buddhist ideas could and should be integrated, so these 200+ sculptures represent characters from both religions.

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The first statue I truly noticed was The Pumpkin (seen above and three photos below). This statue is hollow on the inside with stairs winding up. There are three levels representing hell, earth and heaven. It’s really beautiful and really interesting. Plus, it offers a pretty amazing view of the park from above.

IMG_5494 The entrance to the pumpkin

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A peek at the earth level of the Pumpkin

IMG_5500 The view from the top is beautiful

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IMG_0733 IMG_0741 IMG_0748 The 350+ foot reclining Buddha

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Indra and his elephant Aviravata 

IMG_5573 IMG_5577 IMG_5592 Offerings are left on many different statues all over the park. I loved the marigold necklaces that were placed over the arms and necks of various gods and Buddhas.

IMG_5593 Ganesha – Remover of Obstacles – One of my favorite Hindu gods

IMG_5596 Stacey and I climbed to the top of this, it’s on the opposite end of The Pumpkin and makes for a great view in the opposite direction.

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If you’re in Vientiane for a stop-over or for a day or two, this is the favorite stop of mine in the city. It’s really beautiful to see these two religions represented so harmoniously and even more impressive that they were all made by one man. (P.s. when Bunleua Sulilat fled Laos during the revolution, he simply crossed the Mekong into Thailand and apparently built a very similar park there.)

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    girlgetsstrong
    July 7, 2015 at 12:24 am

    These statues look amazing, I really want to go to Laos!

    • Reply
      PaigeBrown
      July 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

      It’s really incredible and this is truly one of the most impressive works of art I’ve ever seen done by one person! So impressive! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment!

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    melisdvash
    July 7, 2015 at 4:58 am

    What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing. 😉

    • Reply
      PaigeBrown
      July 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment!

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