Where Buddha meets Shiva – Buddha Park in Vientiane
Vientiane doesn’t offer too much to its visitors but one landmark is very impressive: The Buddha Park
The park looks very ancient once you have traveled the 25 kms outside of Vientiane but in reality it’s only a little over 50 years old. Luang Pu Bunela Sulilat, a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism started this park in 1958.
The statues are made of reinforced concrete and sometimes look very bizarre in their design.
There are some very notable statues like a giant pumpkin and a reclining Buddha. In the Giant Pumpkin you will find three levels that represent Hell, Earth and Heaven. Visitors are able to walk through those three levels and reach Heaven at the top of the statue. The entrance is also very remarkable; visitors have to enter through the mouth of a demon head.
How to get to the Buddha Park
The easiest way to get to the Buddha Park is by taxi and costs around $ 10.00. Alternatively you can also travel by public bus from the Talat Sao Bus station for $ 0.50. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes.
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