Sala Keoku, the Majestic Buddha Park in Thailand

Sala Keoku, the Majestic Buddha Park in Thailand

Sala Keoku,Thailandia

Sala Keoku, the Majestic Buddha Park in Thailand

Sala Keoku is an extraordinary park located just a few miles from the center of Nong Khai, a quiet town in northeastern Thailand that rises on the border of Laos and the Mekong River. Just inside the immense garden live over a hundred gigantic concrete sculptures, depicting the Buddha and other deities linked to the Hindu tradition. This mystical museum of extraordinary beauty has not been inundated with mass tourism, remaining precious and important for the inhabitants of the area who consider it a real place of worship.

The construction of the Sala Keoku Park began around the 1970s at the hands of the mystic shaman Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, an artist and sculptor who, with the help of followers, completed the work in about twenty years. The statues scattered in this verdant garden reach truly amazing dimensions, some even 25 meters in height and each one represents the mystical vision of its creator. The park is home to sculptures of the great Buddha and many others dedicated to the Hindu deities of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu who mix with animal figures and unknown characters immersed in prayer.

The set of these statues is truly impressive and manages to drag its visitors along a path of peace and spirituality. Bunleua Sulilat disappeared in 1996 and its gigantic creations are today considered among the most beautiful and fascinating in Southeast Asia. This open-air museum also houses a pavilion dedicated to its creator, a sanctuary to the mummy and the complete history of the artist are kept. Nong Khai is just over 375 miles from Bangkok.

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