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Explore Buddha Park
Marry Buddhism, Hinduism and a touch of quirkiness, and the result is Buddha Park – a sprawling green space studded with more than 200 concrete sculptures near the Laotian capital city of Vientiane.
The sculpture park is known locally as Wat Xieng Khuan, or ‘Spirit City,’ and though its name implies otherwise, Buddha Park does not have a temple. In fact, during our late afternoon visit last January, it was brimming with lively Laotian students clad in red, white and blue school uniforms that lent them a French air. With all the youth there, the atmosphere was more amusement park than meditative on the day of our visit, though I’ve read that some monks do use the park for the latter purpose. Fuchsia bougainvillea blooms carefully placed in the statues’ open palms reminded visitors of the park’s more spiritual side.
The hundreds of statues are eerily stunning and set over a lush green park. This is one of the most unique parks I have every seen and is certainly worth a visit. To get there you can take a bus from the central bus station or hire a driver who will wait outside the park for you.