Sala Keoku or Wat Khaek in Nong Khai
Today we went to Nong Khai and visited Sala Keoku (Thai: ศาลาแก้วกู่) also spelled as Sala Gaew Goo, Sala Keo Ku, Sala Keo Koo, Sala Kaew Ku, Sala Kaew Koo, Salakaewkoo, Sala Kaeoku, and a few more! The only name that is somehow consistent is Wat Khaek. Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat started in 1958 to build Wat Xieng Khuan – a similar park in Laos – just over the Mekong not to far away from this one. When the Communists became stronger he feared they would kill his park so he fled to Thailand in 1975 and started this park in 1978.
The first statue after the entrance
Buddha seated on a coiled nāga
4 of the hundreds of statues
Hmmm what is going on? Jump or I shall kill you! Not sure what he wants from happy turtle
The woman gives you some feeling for the size of the sculptures. The tallest one is 25 meters high.
Not sure what is going on – does the Dog protect the Snake?
They look happy
Sure enough – true 360 vision
Small one in front of the 4 faced Buddha
Kali is the Hindu goddess (or Devi) of death, time and doomsday
An Elephant wading through a pack of anthropomorphic Dogs. This should teach people to not be bothered by gossip
Looks like this one drives a car
A lot of talk
Gram and Nong my tour guides for the day
Gram and Nongs offspring at the Vietnamese place. All that looking at statues makes one hungry. Too bad there was no food for me. I had some of that green stuff next to the beer – well what to do ;-)
Laos on the other side of the Mekong. Thank you Nong for driving us and showing us this nice sculpture park!!
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