Sunday, 12 March 2017

Buddha Park in Nong Khai (1)

Buddha Park in Nong Khai (1)
Full name: Sala Kaeo Ku ศาลากู่แก้ว

(Younger and bigger than Buddha Park Lao, 3.2 km by air across Mekhong from latter, by same artist Bunleua Sulilat บุญเหลือ สุรีรัตน์)

Location of main building:
17.886673, 102.781776 = 17°53'12.0"N 102°46'54.4"E
About 600 m south of hwy 212. Buses or vans from Nong Khai หนองคาย to Phon Phisai โพนพิสัย pass. (And not much else passes. Nong Khai has the poorest choice of public transport of all provincial capitals I have been to.) 
Entry 20 Baht (Thai and Farang same price).

Parking and some unfinished giant statues:


 



Rahu ราหู with full body (usually statues have only head and upper body):







I asked an educated Thai friend to explain the above. She said it's poetic Isan language that even she doesn't fully understand, but the story is the following: the toad used to bloat its body to look bigger, but then a human with a weapon came and killed the toad. Moral: don't show off.






The main building has a museum inside:




The park is a photogapher's nightmare: on two visits (28oct2015 and 25jan2017), sun, shades and trees were all in the wrong places.

Further reading:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sala_Keoku 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunleua_Sulilat 

Copyright 2017 ChristianPFC

1 comment:

  1. The park looks wonderful. I would love to visit it.
    But till the i will enjoy in your images.:)

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