Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos

Buddha Park in Vientiane Laos

Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos is one of the most interesting sites to visit. The park was built in 1958 and features sculptures of Buddha, characters of Hindu Lore, Gods, Animals and even Demons.

It is also located along the shores of the great Mekong River. Foreigners and even locals would visit this amazing beautiful place which is also known as Xieng Khuan.

Fortunately for me, we rented a motorcycle to make our exciting trip there. It was one of our best adventures while traveling in Laos. Riding over 25 kilometers and getting lost along the way was really adventurous for the two of us.

 We even met some other foreigners who also were on renter bikes and were equally lost as we were so we ended up going in a small convoy at the last few kilometers. Laos overall is a beautiful place which is safe and the people are friendly and helpful.

Laos Buddha Park
Interesting statues at Buddha Park Laos
On reaching Buddha Park after about 30 minutes of motorbike riding and asking for directions, there is a bike parking just outside the park.

You pay 2,000 KIP to enter the park and once inside, you will be amazed with the statues and sculptures in the park. I spent a good 3 hours just relaxing and enjoying the moment with my partner Lilian.

Strange Pumpkin

One of the first things you will see in the park is this huge pumpkin structure which is about 3 stories high and you can climb inside it to get to the top. The 3 stories apparently resemble the 3 levels in life, Heaven, Hell and Earth.

To enter this giant pumpkin, one would have to go through the mouth of the structure as in the picture above. Inside, you walk around the pumpkin to find a stone ladder leading to the next level until the top.

Inside the pumpkin

There is nothing inside except concrete and it just goes around till the top where there is a small opening for you to climb out to the top of this round pumpkin structure.

Pumpkin antenna

Once on top of the statue, you will be amazed at the beautiful view of the entire park. A great photograph moment here at Xieng Khuan. Looking up, there is a strange Antenna which resembles some Buddha motif. I could be wrong here.

View of the park

I easily spent a good 15 minutes up on the giant pumpkin overlooking the entire park and seeing all the strange but beautiful statues and sculptures. Then I ask my self, how can someone build such a beautiful park with all of this here.

A fish like sculpture at Xieng Khuan

After a good top view of Xieng Khuan, we start to explore the statues on close up. Walking around you see all sorts of strange statues. They may look old but remember, the park was only build in 1958.

An interesting statue with lovely motifs

Huge Reclining Buddha statue

At the Buddha Park, you will also come across a huge 40 meter reclining or sleeping Buddha statue. This is the main attraction at the park. It is so huge, I had to step way back just to take a picture of it. They have an alter there for those who wish to pray.

Me posing with the reclining statue

3 headed Elephant God

More statues of various animals and gods scattered around the park as we walk, we reach the end of the park towards the Mekong River. There is a canteen or local cafe there serving tourist some local food and drink.

We see many foreigners having some cold Lao Beer admiring the beauty of the Mekong River and its surroundings.

Me with some local paintings. Beautiful work.

Eventually we head out as it is a long bike ride back to town. On the way out, there is also a souvenir shop which sells books and some beautiful local paintings. You may want to buy some as they are really nice. There is a toilet available as well. Just in case for the long journey back.

Banana Fritters and Balls on Stick

There was also a lady selling deep fried banana fritters (goreng pisang in Malay) and we tried some. Taste similar to what we can get in Malaysia if you ask me. She also sold some meat and fish balls on a stick which were quite nice.

Mekong River LaosView of the Mekong River while riding back

The motorcycle ride to the Buddha Park is a bumpy one and some of the roads there are not tarred and there may be a lot of dust.

So if you choose to ride a bike there, make sure you have a scarf to cover your face. Helmets are a must in Laos or the police will stop you. Always carry your rental papers with you too.

Buddha Park Vientiane Information
  • Buddha Park is open daily from 8am to 6pm.
  • Entrance Fees is 5,000 KIP + 2,000 KIP for camera
  • Time Spent here: About 3-4 hours including journey
Getting to Buddha Park from Vientiane:

1. Rent a motorbike like I did. It cost about US$7.00 per day.
2. Take bus #14 in front of the Morning Market at Vientiane.
3. Take a Tuk Tuk or Taxi. Be prepared to pay for this one.
4. Tuk Tuk cost about 700 Baht from town.

If you are visiting this part of Indochina, don' forget to read my 10 things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos. I would recommend you try renting a bike to explore the Lao countryside on the way here. Just be careful while riding it.

I also trust you will not regret seeing this absolutely unique and intriguing place called Buddha Park in Vientian, Laos.
Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos Reviewed by Malaysia Asia on Friday, July 17, 2009 Rating: 5


StevenBoy1986 said...

wow.. the Pumpkin antenna really nice~~~ I like that tree...

Anonymous said...

nice write up, i wish i get the chance to visit places like this too one day.

David Jr said...

Hello Steven, there's some real weird stuff in Laos too... hehe

Jane, thanks for the comment. One day can be soon. Just be positive about it and it will happen! For me, I did not even plan this trip. Just decided one day and I booked for 2 weeks ahead...


mapanoy said...

the pictures are so nice. I have been there many times.

S.Chin said...

Thank you.. :)

David Jr said...

Mapanoy, wow, nice to know you have been there many times. I plan for another trip. Maybe in 2010.

S.Chin, thanks for dropping by.


Mike Yip said...

jeng jeng jeng.... come ler join me at Laos in December 2009. :p You know why I'm there.

Will be doing some touristy stuff on the 19th - 21st n back to Malaisiah on the 22nd :D

eunice said...

The statues r so diff from other parts of the world. Amazing.

David Jr said...

Mike - Wow, time as passed since Dec 09 lol.

Eunice, if you ever plan to visit the Buddha Park in Vientiane, let me know. It is truly amazing.


yao said...

Hi David,

Thanks for sharing this wonderful place. Just would like to find out if it is advisable to ride a bicycle to the Buddha Park. Will it be a very long journey? (30mins by bike will be around 1hour for bicycle?)

Thanks for the advice!

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