Buddha Park is a Buddhist religious park, also known as Wat Xieng Khuan. This park was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a priest who followed the customs and traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism.
It is a must see in Vientiane, the park is located 25 kilometers from the capital of Laos. In this post I tell you about what to see in Buda Park, how to get there and I add some practical information to visit it.
HOW TO GET TO BUDA PARK
You can reach Buda Park from the Bus Station located behind Talad Sao Shopping Mall in Vientiane. The bus ride costs 6,000 kips and is paid directly in cash to the bus driver. You can also tell a tuk tuk driver to take you and wait for you to return. Prices for this tuk tuk journey are around 80,000 kips each way. And the advantage, unlike the bus, is that the tuk tuk goes directly, without making intermediate stops and will wait for you on the way back to the city.
WHAT TO SEE IN BUDA PARK, VIENTIANE
Buda park was built in 1958 by the priest Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. Later this priest also built a similar temple in Thailand.
This park has around 200 Buddha sculptures in different shapes and sizes. There are also some sculptures of Hindu deities, as well as celestial and demonic creatures.
The material used to build all these sculptures was cement. They say that poor quality cement was used to reduce costs and because of this, the sculptures look older than they really are.
A very popular sculpture in the park is the one depicting Indra, the King of the Hindu gods riding a three-headed elephant, known as Erawan and Airavata. This appears with four arms on the back of a horse and a deity with twelve faces and many hands.
There is also a huge reclining Buddha 40 meters long, there is also a giant pumpkin that can be entered through its mouth and that inside has more Buddhas and deities of Hinduism.
There are many sculptures to see and with many details. The ideal is to spend a couple of hours exploring the complex, because, although it may seem small, in the end you don't want to leave quickly, one sculpture leads you to see another, admire them and discover new details.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT BUDA PARK
Hours: From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: 5,000 Kips for adults, children free.
Time to visit the park: 1 to 2 hours.
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