Sala Keo Kou Statue Park in Nong Khai

Sala Keo Kou in Nong Khai is an attraction with a difference: throughgout the park there are huge concrete sculptures, most of which represent motifs from Buddhist and Hindu mythology.

Sala Keo Kou is just a few kilometers from downtown Nong Khai. After paying the entry fee of 20 baht, one enters the park and is immediately overwhelmed by the quantity and the dimensions of the concrete sculptures. The patina on the concrete also ensures that you get the feeling of walking through an ancient temple complex.

 

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The park with its statues was created at the end of the 70s. It was conceived and built by followers of Luang Pu Bunleua ​​Sulilat - a Thai, Buddhist sect leader - who has over the years been indulging his unique passion for large sculptures. Luang Pu Bunleua ​​Sulilat lived from 1932 to 1996. Once over the initial surprise upon entering the park, then you quickly start to marvel at the attention to detail which the master and his followers have created in their characters.

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This is the tallest and most imposing figure in the park at well over 65 feet tall. In addition to its enormous dimensions, it is astonishing to see the minute attention to detail in the sculpture. The statue depicts the multi-headed serpent Naga, who protects the lord Buddha with its many heads.

Sala Keo Kou Statuenpark in Nong Khai Naga bewacht Buddha

On the way through the park you can find a large variety of motifs. Humourously you can see a giant elephant followed by dogs. The dogs are sitting on scooters or in cars and smoking cigars or drinking from a bottle. Another attraction is the circle of life, from which the following photos are taken:

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In the lakes of the park you can feed the Mekong giant catfish that swim there. Back to the sculptures:

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It only remains to say that the sculpture park in nearby Vientiane, in Laos, was created by the same master as early as 1958. Following this article you can find GPS coordinates and a map section for the location of the park.

posted on: 06.03.2013 - last update on: 22.05.2015

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Latitude: 17.88886
Longitude: 102.78025

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