Xieng Khuan is a Buddha Park Laos, a mesmerizing sculpture park nestled in the captivating landscapes of Vientiane. This park is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-meter-high Reclining Buddha image. In this travel blog, IV Team will provide you with all the essential information, historical insights, and tips to make the most of your visit to this enchanting destination.
What do you know about this Buddha Park?
- This is located approximately 25 kilometers southeast of Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.
- Built-in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism, the Buddha Park contains Buddha statues, Hindu god statues as well as demons and animals from both beliefs.
- One of the most prominent features of Xieng Khuan is a massive reclining Buddha statue, which measures about 40 meters (131 feet) in length.
- The sculptures at Xieng Khuan are made of concrete and are often adorned with colorful mosaics.
Let’s admire the intricate details and vibrant mosaic work adorning the statues, showcasing the artistic prowess of the creators.
What to expect?
Several stunning sculptures with over 200 religious sculptures absolutely will impress you with not only their enormous size but also their interesting details. As you explore the park, you’ll encounter a fascinating mix of deities, mythical creatures, and symbolic representations. Here are some must-see sites to include in your itinerary:
- The Giant Pumpkin Structure: This is a pumpkin-like structure that you can go through a demon’s mouth and climb up the three stories which represent heaven, earth, and hell. You can enjoy the great views over the entire park at the top of it.
- The Reclining Buddha: Witness the grandeur of the 40-meter-long reclining Buddha statue, an iconic centerpiece of the park. Its serene expression and sheer size will leave you in awe.
- The Three Levels of Existence: Ascend the tower-like structure featuring three levels that represent hell, earth, and heaven. Marvel at the intricate sculptures depicting the realms of existence and the cycle of life and death.
- The Demon’s Mouth: Step through the gaping mouth of a demon statue to enter a narrow staircase that leads you to an observation deck. From here, behold breathtaking vistas and capture memorable photographs.
How to get there?
There are various ways to go to this destination. However, the three following ways are the most popular:
- Although the park is 25km from Vientiane, it is not far from the Friendship Bridge border crossing to Thailand, therefore, you could visit it when you are on the way to Thailand.
- Another choice is that you can hire a motorbike for 70000 Kip for the day. It takes about an hour’s drive there from Vientiane.
- Last but not least, you could also take the No.14 bus to the Friendship Bridge and then take a tuk-tuk from there.
After visiting, what will we do next?
There is a local restaurant and coffee shop at the end of the park right next to the Mekong River that makes a great spot to relax after all the walking and climbing. Sitting here, drinking cold Laos beer, tasting the famous food in Lao named papaya salad, and enjoying the soft wind will be an interesting experience you ever have.
Or else, you could consider exploring other attractions in Vientiane. Visit the revered Pha That Luang, the national symbol of Laos, or take a stroll along the picturesque Mekong River. Vientiane offers a blend of historical landmarks, vibrant markets, and authentic culinary experiences.
Before you go
To prepare for the most wonderful exploration of Xieng Khuang, here is some helpful information for you:
- Entrance Price: 15,000 Lao Kip (approximately $1.65 USD)
- Open Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- It’s recommended to dress comfortably and carry sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun, and don’t forget to stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle.
- During the rainy season (May to October), it’s advisable to carry an umbrella or raincoat.
- The park involves walking and exploring different areas, so it’s advisable to wear comfortable footwear such as sneakers or walking shoes.
- Buddha Park is a sacred site, so it’s important to show respect for the religious and cultural significance of the sculptures and the park
- Always be mindful of your belongings and keep an eye on your personal belongings, especially in crowded areas.
- If you’re interested in learning more about the sculptures and the park’s history, consider hiring a local guide.
- It’s advisable to carry some cash in small denominations for entrance fees, food, and any purchases within the park. However, major tourist establishments in Vientiane may accept international credit cards.
The Indochina Voyages team.