Buddha Park - Great Attractions (Vientiane, Laos)

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Take a tour of Buddha Park in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats. About 25 kilometers outside of Vientiane, Laos lies Buddha Park, a fantastically bizarre sculptural garden. The park was designed in 1958 by a priest-shaman whose vision was to fuse the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism. Over 200 Buddha sculptures, monuments of Hindu deities, and many other mythical creatures adorn this vast garden. Visitors can symbolically ascend to heaven up a stairway through the mouth of a 10 foot demon sculpture; from the top of which the entire park is visible. Although the park is full of religious statues, it is not classified as a temple but rather the incarnation of one man’s religious vision. A visit to this quirky and surreal sculpture garden makes for a memorable day in Laos.