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Explore the Buddha statue garden - a famous spiritual tourist destination in Laos

Posted By : Threeland Travel / Laos Travel Guide

Laos is a country with more than 60% of the population following Buddhism, so from architecture and art to painting and sculpture, from language and writing to literature and poetry, from costumes and cuisine to beliefs, festivals all bear Buddhist imprints. Buddhist culture and Buddhism have gone deep into thought, leaving clear marks in the life and spirit of the Lao people. Coming to Laos, the land of Champa flowers, the country is famous for its unique architecture, and tourists should not miss the Buddha statue garden (Wat Xieng Khuan) when traveling in Vientiane.

Buddha statue garden's information

Located about 24km from the capital Vientiane, the Buddha Statue Garden is famous for its unique Buddhist statues, making it a quiet spiritual tourist destination in Laos. The Buddha statues are located on the Mekong River,  creating a giant watercolor painting that makes visitors feel peaceful and quiet.

Construction of the Buddha Statue Garden began in 1962 and was completed in 1971 with nearly 300 statues of people, gods, animals, and demons, each statue representing a harmonious blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. . When coming here, visitors can admire the lively statues and immerse themselves in a quiet space.

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Meaning of Buddha Statue Garden

The statues have great meaning and profound humanistic values towards Buddhism and have a completely special style, meticulously and elaborately carved with different shapes showing the uniqueness of culture. transforming the country of a million elephants, all of which demonstrate the ingenuity and talent of artisans and the development of architecture, fine arts, and sculpture, representing artistic and creative talent to create an incomparable statue garden. same lively. With rustic cement material, after decades of moss traces imprinted on the statues, it adds a mysterious, ancient, and unique look. Various large and small statues are scattered among the garden and trees, placed individually and in a cluster and have breathtaking views of the Mekong River, The most prominent statue in the middle of the garden is the The giant reclining Buddha is 40 meters long and has a peaceful and tolerant face.

Visiting the Buddha Garden, visitors should not miss the statue of the god with 12 faces and many arms. Explore and experience the giant pumpkin-shaped cave statue of the underworld with three floors. The cave entrance is a high and wide devil's mouth, allowing visitors to go inside to explore its three floors, the three floors of the pumpkin. The giant represents hell, earth, and heaven. Going up to the top of the pumpkin, you can see the whole beautiful view of the garden.

Over the decades, up to now, a few statues have been repaired but still retain their inherent beauty and dignity. Plant more flowers, trees, grass, etc. to decorate the campus and add beauty to the garden. Construction of parking areas, souvenir shops, food stores, etc.

Visiting the Buddha statue garden, visitors have a quiet space to contemplate, to reflect on Buddhism, to see every detail delicately depicted on each statue, to feel the simplicity, warmth, and closeness. of a Buddha land, and at the same time, to entrust their wishes and beliefs to this sacred place. The Buddha Garden is the convergence of the spiritual flow, culture, and lifestyle of Lao people.

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