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Buddha park

Buddha park
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-14
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, HOYA HD UV 82mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Cambodia-Laos
Date Submitted: 2016-10-19 22:57
Viewed: 2081
Points: 66
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Buddha Park

Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling), is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River.Although it is not a temple (Wat), the park may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan (Lao: ວັດຊຽງຄວນ;Thai: วัดเซียงควน), since it contains numerous religious images.The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City.The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.The socialist government operates Buddha Park as a tourist attraction and public park.


The park was started in 1958 by Luang Pu (Venerable Grandfather) Bunleua Sulilat.Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat was a priest-shaman who integrated Hinduism and Buddhism.His unique perspective was influenced by a Hindu rishi under whom he studied in Vietnam.After the revolution in 1975, anxious about the repercussions of the rule of Pathet Lao, he fled from Laos to Thailand where he built another sculpture park, Sala Keoku in Nong Khai.Both parks are located right next to the Thai-Lao border (Mekong river), only a few kilometers apart from each other, and the tallest structures of the Buddha Park can actually be seen from the Thai side of Mekong.

The statues are made of reinforced concrete and are ornate, and sometimes bizarre, in design.The statues appear to be centuries old, though they are not. There are sculptures of humans, gods, animals, and demons.There are numerous sculptures of Buddha, characters of Buddhist beliefs like Avalokiteśvara, and characters of Hindu lore, including Shiva, Vishnu, and Arjuna.These sculptures were presumably cast by unskilled workers under the supervision of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat.One notable sculpture resembles a giant pumpkin.[1] It has three stories representing three levels - Hell, Earth and Heaven.[1] Visitors can enter through an opening which is a mouth of a 3-metre-tall demon head (9.8 ft) and climb staircases from hell to heaven. Each story contains sculptures depicting the level. At the top, there is a vantage point where the entire park is visible.Another sculpture, an enormous 40-metre-long (130 ft) reclining Buddha, is also a park attraction.

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Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad, perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo pokazan Buddha park.
Lep Buddha park i skulpture.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work, perspective and contrast, nice colors, nice demonstrated Buddha park.
A beautiful park and Buddha sculptures.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.

Kalimera Danos,
A statues garden with an abundance of object, each worth a good look from close.
Fine take from a high POV, fully employed the pic. space.
My best regards. I will be off for the next fortnight.

Hi Danos,
Good POV with this large view of the park, good human presence to give a scale at your photo and all these Buddha satues, tfs.

Bonjour, cher Danos,
Cette vue plongeante sur cet ensemble de sculptures à travers un jardin paysager, c'est magnifique.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13313 W: 125 N: 23838] (119799)
  • [2016-10-20 0:24]

Hi Danos,very curious park,looks like Legoland or something else but made with a lot of Buddha statues.Interesting post,i like the POV from above and the usual excellent quality. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11388 W: 163 N: 19106] (140915)
  • [2016-10-20 0:36]

Witaj Danos!
A very nice place.
Beautiful sculptures.
Good frame and colors.
Well done.
Have a nice day.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11219 W: 174 N: 20535] (90568)
  • [2016-10-20 0:49]


I never had seen an image of this place of knew about it. nice view with the general aspect of the area. I imagine it is a nice place for photos, but the sculptures should be cleaned too.



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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10894 W: 57 N: 18836] (70460)
  • [2016-10-20 2:16]

Hello Danos,
You found a nice and high point to show this park and its many buddhas. The colours are well saturated and pleasantly warm. The presence of the people show well how large the many sculptures are. Great photo work!

Hello Danos,
At first I didn't notice the people. I needed to see them in the large version of the photo to realize the dimensions of the sculptures. They are all quite impressive and some are enormous. It's a very interesting photo.
Kind regards,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26033 W: 522 N: 44528] (189937)
  • [2016-10-20 4:41]

Hello Danos,

It seem a Paradise with the Buddha Park.
All statues between the green area.
Sharpness and clarity are beautiful.
Composition and persentation are real pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Hi Danos,

The wideness of the park is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the Buddha park. The light has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.


Bonjour Danos,

Je me demande comment cela marche. Est-ce que l'on se choisit un et que c'est celui-ci que l'on vénère ou bien on saute d'un à l'autre sans ce soucier de ses sentiments. Magnifique point de vue.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4119 W: 0 N: 9820] (66923)
  • [2016-10-20 8:43]

The high POV is very attractive, we can see so many details, very good photo of this sculpture park
regards Ryszard

Hi Danos
I would spend a long time here, one of my favourite subjects. You've done a great job in showing born the size of the park and the scale of the sculpture by including the people. Nice light all across the foreground too

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1002 W: 0 N: 2093] (15652)
  • [2016-10-20 10:22]

danos hello..WOW is all i can say!what a beautiful place..looks very interesting,for sure! tfs dale

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,
το πάρκο παρουσιάζει πλούσιο ενδιαφέρον και σίγουρα θα ψυχαγωγεί και θα προσφέρει έμπνευση στον επισκέπτη. Η θέα που μας παρουσιάζεις από ψηλά είναι περιεκτική, έχει πολλές διαδρομές να ακολουθήσουμε και ευκρινείς λεπτομέρειες να παρατηρήσουμε. Τα χρώματα αποπνέουν θαλπωρή και αρμονία. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4685 W: 2 N: 8500] (40906)
  • [2016-10-20 12:42]

Hello Danos,
Amazing picture from Laos.Interesting view of Buddha Park. Interesting notes. Nice picture with excellent sharpness, good composition and nice colours.
Good work

Hi Dan.
A fantastic and very original composition, magnificent note clarifies the history of this park of sculptures of Buddha and other characters, the magnificent vegetation alongside the sculptures, creates a nice outfit.
A nice colorful which enhances the image.
Magnificent management brightness and sharpness, to enjoy the details.
Well seen and done. I like it.
You have a good day.
Best wishes.

Hello, Danos!

Interesting sculptures dominating the scene, a photo with a lot of beautiful details to see, captured with very good light and colors! Wonderful place and composition! Well done!

Dear Danos
Very nice presented Buddha Park textually and with nice photos.
Interesting point of view and perspective.
Many nice details make this photos wonderful visually.
Excellent composed image.
Kind regards my friend.

Γειά σου Δάνο,
Ομορφη φώτο με εντυπωσιακά χαρακτηριστικά στοιχεία
του πάρκου πολύ καλά χρώματα και ευκρείνεια
νασαι καλά ,χαιρετισμούς και καλο σαββατοκύριακο

Hello Danos,

it must be an interesting park to visit, I didn´t know it, good image with all these buddhas around, well seen,

Best regards,


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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2016-10-21 10:00]

Hello, Danos,
You have found a very good point of view to show this wonderful park of sculptures to a great extent. The composition consists of so many elements, most of them being visible pretty well due to the very high quality of the image. Excellent presentation of this remarkable sight in Laos.
Best regards,

Olá Danos,
bonito sítio mesmo, com belos jardins e esculturas. O POV mais alto e amplo ficou muito bom também. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

Hello Danos,
A very remarkable park with so many Buddha statues.
Giant and small statues but even the small ones are big compared to the people visiting the park.
Excellent overview from a good elevated point of view.
Best regards, Paul

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2778 W: 35 N: 5592] (29926)
  • [2016-10-22 2:35]

Hello again Danos

Great view from high up on this bizarre garden of statues. A strange place, full of kitsch...I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not...but it sure was fascinating. Good picture!



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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11549 W: 123 N: 29379] (138524)
  • [2016-10-23 23:15]

Hello Danos,

Fine picture from this attractive park near Vientiane. I also visited it some years ago. Excellent composition from above, lovely colours.

WArm regrads Malgo

Dear Danos

What a wonderful photo. The subject is fascinating and so attractive. The warm light is sensational and so subtle. A very artistic shot, thanks for sharing.

Warmest wishes

Hi Danos,

Thats a very good image showing the Budha park.

The statues are looking very ancient and well maintained though. Budha everywhere. The preacher of piece and born in India. I like the laying Budha in the left side.


Hi Danos,
this place seems quite extraordinary to me! The sculptures are so exotic. I like the elevated POV here, also the presence of people adds a nice touch.
Amazing reportage, I am shocked you have kept these photos so long in your drawer.
Very well done,

Hello Danos

An interesting note and what a fascinating image - it makes me want to visit this place.

Nicely composed.

Have a great day.



Hello Danos, back here after a few days of travel. Very nice picture of this interesting view of the park, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy weekend.
All the best from southern Spain.

Hello Danos,
What an interesting park with different statues of the Buddha. I am sure it is fascinating to walk among so many works of art, like an open air museum.

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