Buddha Park

Attraction Buddha Park Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Theme Park
Must see
Kids
Art
0.65 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image.

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Why Buddha Park is special ?

Buddha Park was built in the year 1958 by Bunleua Sulilat, a spiritual leader in turn sculptor who emigrated to Thailand during the Communist occupation. In Thailand, he created a park similar to the Buddha of Vientiane, Sala Kaew Ku Park Park.


The Buddha Park is full of bizarre sculptures and constructions, all of them made in reinforced concrete. Some of these sculptures were built thanks to the donation of a benefactor, whose name was engraved on a plaque at the base of the work. Buddha Park not only there are sculptures of Buddha, but there are also anthropomorphic sculptures, animals, gods and demons.


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What to explore at Buddha Park?

The most outstanding ones include Indra, the king of Hindu gods riding the three-headed elephant (aka Erawan and Airavata), a four-armed deity sitting on a horse and an artistic deity with 12 faces and many hands, each holding interesting objects. They are all equally impressive not only because of their enormous size but because they are full of interesting details and interesting motifs.


There is a local eatery and café offering food and drinks to tourists at one end of the park right next to the Mekong River that makes a great spot to chill after all the walking and climbing. Among the popular snacks are papaya salad, fried bananas and cold Lao beer. It also has a souvenir shop and restrooms. There is a small fee for entering the park as well as for photography.


The best spot for photography here is on top of the giant pumpkin structure standing about three stories high. The entrance is crafted to look like a demon’s mouth (about three metres high) with a stone ladder inside leading to a bird's eye view of the entire Xieng Kuan Park.


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How to get to Buddha Park?

Buddha park is located 25 kilometres southeast of Vientiane ( Laos), on the main road Thanon Thadeua. In the same direction to go to the Friendship Bridge between Thailand and Laos, but six kilometers away.


To reach the Park, Buddha is necessary to catch a city bus, a tuk-tuk or rent a bike. A tuk-tuk costs 100,000 kip (approx. € 10) for a journey of return to the Buddha Park. A bike for rent in the center of Vientiane from 60,000 kip (6€).


Bus to Buddha Park

Urban bus that goes to Buddha Park is the bus number 14, the same bus that goes up to the bridge of friendship with Thailand. Bus n ° 14 leaves from the bus station in Vientiane (Talat Sao bus station) on schedule from 6:00 until 17:00, with a frequency every 20 minutes, the price of the ticket are 6,000 kip (0.5€). The last bus back leaves at 16:45 from the Buddha Park.


Note: due to the poor state of the stretch that separates the Buddha Park and the bridge of friendship (6 kilometres) sometimes stops the bus service to the Buddha Park, still need to take a minibus at the friendship bridge (2,000 kip, approximately 0.2€).


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Selling points

  • “A nice little excursion”
  • “A big surprise”
  • “A unique attractve park”
  • “Strange little place”
  • “A very worthwhile stop”
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Tips for you

  • You can hire an automatic scooter for 70,000 kip ($8.71) for the day (plus we spent 10,000 kip ($1.24) on petrol). It took about an hour to drive there from Vientiane.
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  • You could also hire a tuktuk from Vientiane or take the no 14 bus to the Friendship Bridge and then take a tuktuk from there.
    Transportation
  • Plan on around an hour to get there, due to traffic and poor road conditions.
    Transportation
  • The one nice thing about the park is a giant stupa that you can climb and you get nice views of the park from atop.
    Things to do
  • There is a restaurant inside the park whereby it served Laos food
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  • They charge extra if you bring a camera.
    Photography
  • Bring a snack and water as there isn't a lot of shade.
    What to bring
  • The park is 25km from Vientiane but only 6km from the Friendship Bridge border crossing to Thailand so you could visit on your way to/from Thailand.
    Location
  • Entrance is 5000 kip ($0.62) per person, plus 3000 kip ($0.37) to park a motorbike.
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I say this as someone that hasn't been to the sister site across the river at Nong Khai, but it was a really unique place to see. A lot of the sculptures were just bizarre, and the one that you can climb up inside and sit on top of is a whole new level of creepy (or amazing, or both). It's rather like something out of a warped fairy tale.(One tip though, maybe don't try to carry an enormous backpack up that climbable statue, the stairways are quite cramped)Definitely worth the short detour from the Friendship bridge. Bus 14 from Vientiane goes all the way there and back via the bridge, so do it on your way in or out.Bus from the bridge to the park is 6000 kip, and the same from Vientiane. Entry is 5000 kip + 3000 if you obviously have a camera. So that's only 11000 kip (and a couple of hours of your time) to see it - definitely worth it.Toilets are free once inside, up near the restaurant. And you can get a bit of a view of the Mekong from that end of the park too (plus some nice views on the ride there). Also there's a souveneir shop near the entrance which is as overpriced as you might expect.And a word on the buses, some of them might not bother to drive all the way down to the park before turning back if they don't have any passengers going that far. So, while there are buses every 15-20 minutes going out, there might be a few less going back. But you won't have to wait too long.

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I thought this place was great and certainly worth the taxi fair to visit. In my opinion, there is not much to do in Vientiane, so this was a great half day trip. There wasn't enough battery life in my camera for all the pictures I tried to take. You need to explore all parts of the pumpkin. My friend didn't and she missed the best parts on the inside. I recommend wearing a dark colored shirt because some of the statues are very light in color and you won't stand out. Also, bring some water and maybe something to eat. I remember there being a small snack stand, but I would have preferred just bringing my own water. If you're in Vientiane for more than a single day, then I definitely recommend visiting this place. There are bathrooms, but they're not great, so I recommend trying to wait or planning accordingly.

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The park is quite small - we were done in 45 mins. I'd say it's worth the trip only on 2 conditions - 1) you are staying in Vientiane for several days and 2) you go by bus. The 'official' tuk tuk price is now an eyewatering 250,000 kip.The bus is 6,000 kip and is very easy. Bus 14 leaves from the SE corner of the bus station next to the Talad Sao mall. As a tourist it will be assumed that you are lookng for the Buddha Park bus so you will be pointed in the right direction. It leaves when it's full, about every 15-20 mins - if there are no seats left when you arrive you can just wait for the next one. If you decide to stand, you should get a seat after 30 mins at most. A conductor will collect the fare, and don't worry about when to get off, it's really obvious and the driver will call out. The bus had AC and was perfectly comfortable for such a short journey - on the way back the it was almost empty when it picked us up.

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I say this as someone that hasn't been to the sister site across the river at Nong Khai, but it was a really unique place to see. A lot of the sculptures were just bizarre, and the one that you can climb up inside and sit on top of is a whole new level of creepy (or amazing, or both). It's rather like something out of a warped fairy tale. (One tip though, maybe don't try to carry an enormous backpack up that climbable statue, the stairways are quite cramped) Definitely worth the short detour from the Friendship bridge. Bus 14 from Vientiane goes all the way there and back via the bridge, so do it on your way in or out. Bus from the bridge to the park is 6000 kip, and the same from Vientiane. Entry is 5000 kip + 3000 if you obviously have a camera. So that's only 11000 kip (and a couple of hours of your time) to see it - definitely worth it. Toilets are free once inside, up near the restaurant. And you can get a bit of a view of the Mekong from that end of the park too (plus some nice views on the ride there). Also there's a souveneir shop near the entrance which is as overpriced as you might expect. And a word on the buses, some of them might not bother to drive all the way down to the park before turning back if they don't have any passengers going that far. So, while there are buses every 15-20 minutes going out, there might be a few less going back. But you won't have to wait too long.

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