Masterpiece ~ Buddha Park, Sala Keoku in Nong Khai, Thailand
Sala keaw ku is the name of a surreal sculpture park just outside Nong Khai in Northern Thailand. Also known as the Buddha Park,there are over 100 sculptures of religious icons, with some over 25 meters tall.
Sala keaw ku is the Masterpiece of the mystic Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, born in Nong Khai Province in 1932. He bought the land in 1978 when he fled back to Thailand after the Laos revolution in 1975.. He had already created his first Masterpiece “Xieng Khuan” similar to Sala keaw ku near Vientiane. In fact the Sculpture Park lies across the Mekong River from Sala keaw ku.
Fusing Buddhism and Hindu ideologies, the images are taken from either Theravada or Mahayana Buddhism. The influence of Hinduism can be felt too, with images of Shiva and Pavati, Brahma and Vishnu.
There is no direct public transport but it is quite easy to reach the park by bike or even walking. Just ask the locals for directions.You can also arrange a return ride with a tuk-tuk (100 baht or so, including the cost of the driver waiting one hour) or maybe even hire a motorbike.
Particularly noteworthy is the Wheel of Life, depicting his theory of the cycle of life; you enter via a womb-shaped tunnel and walk the circle past statues depicting the stages of life from Luang Poo’s view, which is a cycle of influences and phases starting at one’s conception and ending at one’s death.
Luang Pu’s mummified remains are enshrined on the third floor of the Sala Kaew Ku pavilion itself.
It was built by, and born out of the vision of the Shaman Luang Pu Boun Leua Surirat and his followers. Walking around the park, you could believe that it was an ancient site, though in fact this Masterpiece only began in 1978.
Did you like “Masterpiece ~ Buddha Park, Sala Keoku in Nong Khai, Thailand ” ? If so then please share this page with your friends.
Leave a comment below to let me know what you liked best.
Follow Silverbackpacker on Facebook, Instagram ,Twitter and Pinterest for more travel adventures and be notified about my latest posts and updates!
Thankyou for sharing 🙂
All photographs and content on this website remain the property of Silverbackpacker.com. Images may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent.
Print purchases entitle the purchaser to the ownership of the image but not to the copyrights of the image which still remain with Silverbackpacker.com even after purchase.
Follow Silverbackpacker for more of his Travels
Audere Est Facere – Silverbackpacker.com – To Dare is To Do
Affiliate Disclaimer: Links on this website may be affiliate links that could result in us receiving compensation when you purchase a product or service from that link. You do not pay any extra fees for these items. This helps us to keep this website going. Thank you for your support.