Xieng Khuan is also known as Buddha Park. It is about 16 kilometres out of Vientiane, Laos on the Mekong River. This little park is filled with an assortment of concrete sculptures; the products of the vivid imagination of the Lao guru Luang Phu Bounleua Soulitlat. Like the creator of the white temple in Chiang Rai this mildly eccentric artist has created something quite surreal.

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The sculptures are apparently inspired the teachings of a Hindu Holy man Luang Phu met in a cave in Vietnam. The collection ranges from a huge reclining Buddha, Hindu Gods, characters battling demons and an imposing pumpkin like structure that you enter through a gaping mouth. Once inside you climb up three levels representing hell, earth and of course heaven – each level with its assortment of sculptures and characters.

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I read that the ‘guru’ wasn’t liked much by the communists so he moved across the river to then create a similar thing there in Thailand.

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All Bruce could say while taking photos was ‘weird’. I have to agree with him but it is one of the Vientiane tourist attractions so we just had to go and have a look.

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