Sala Kaew Ku the Sculpture Park
A unique and spectacular temple complex containing over 100 giant sculptures, some over 25m tall, depicting icons of all major religions.
Is a temple complex housing more than 100 giant concrete sculptures created under Bunleua Sulilat. He was guided into spiritual path by an ascetic hermit named Kaew Ku in his early life. The park is an expression of his spiritual realm combine influences of Buddhism, Hindu mythology, and animist folklore.
Statue Park Sala Kaew Ku is similar to his earlier creation, the Buddha Park. But Sala Kaew Ku is more expansive and some statues reach 25m into the sky. One statue depicts the meditating Buddha under the hood of a seven headed Naga snake. The park with nicely groomed gardens and a pond contains many more representations of the Naga snake along with animated Hindu gods and grinning Buddhas.
Sala Kaew Ku Wheel of Life
The park is unique in respect of the huge dimensions of the sculptures which are highly personalized under the artistic fantasy of Sulilat. The most expansive set of sculptures portrays the karmic Wheel of Life according to Theravada Buddhism. The last of the sculptures depicts a man crossing a border to emerge as an enlightened Buddha from the other side.
The main Sala-Mosque with the top floor housing Sulilat’s mummified body and relics from his life. The Bui Kaew Ku pavilion is a three storied building lying at the western side of the park. It resembles a building built according to his plans after he passed away in 1996.
How to get there:
Sala Kaew Ku is very easy to find. It is near Nong Khai town in Thailand very close to the Thai-Lao border and the Mekong River. It is accessible by bicycle, motorbikes, car and tuk-tuks from the city. It is located near the southern side of Route 212 with clear signs pointing to Statue Park Sala Kaew Ku. Or just find your way on the Google Map below. The park is open between 07:00 and 17:00.
Sirindhorn Aquarium Nong Khai
The Sirindhorn Aquarium is situated on the University grounds of Khon Kaen University, and is a piece of a staff in Nong Khai region, only a couple of kilometers from the Nong Khai city limits. Famous for its giant catfish and displays various ocean-dwelling species as well as freshwater species. A good place to visit and relax, with a picnic garden area and a few drink stalls also available. On weekends the aquarium puts on scuba diving shows. Admission charge for grown-ups 50 THB (Thai) 100 THB (Farangs).
Opening hours: 9am - 4pm Shut on Mondays
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Another attraction of great significance is the temple
Phra That Bang Phuan is a standout amongst the holiest destinations in the Isaan Region, in the North-East of Thailand, not minimum since this old pagoda is said to contain a portion of the Lord Buddha's bones.
A standout amongst the holiest destinations in Nong Khai Province!
Boasting a beautiful chedi that locals believe holds 29 Buddha relics.
It includes on old Indian-style stupa, numerous exceptionally
alluded Buddha pictures and a sixteenth Century Lao-style
chedi called Phra That Bang Puan. This is a calm place, which
permits one to walk around and appreciate the sanctuary
structures. A hefty portion of the old structures has signs
posted, clarifying Buddhism and the significance of the structure.
The site dates from between the first and third century A.D.
In 1559 the first chedi was supplanted with a taller Lao-style one,
worked as a showing of confidence by King Jayachettha of “Nakorn Chanthabouly Sitta tanakhanahood Outtama Rajathany” (Modern day Wiang Chan or Vientiane, in Laos)
as he spread his capital south over the Mekong River. For a long time, the landmark had inclined to the other side due to subsidence was lastly given way in 1970. The rebuilding of the Chedi by the Fine Arts Department was finished in 1977.
Remaining at 34.25m high, the excellent chedi is encompassed by various other littler chedis.
There are various other intriguing structures inside the complex, including the sanctuary limit markers and an antiquated stone engraving. The site is likewise home to the Sa Phraya Naga (lake of the Naga Serpent) from which water was scrubbed down recently delegated city rulers as a gift.
Wat Phra That Bang Phuan is 23 km outside Nong Khai direction to Tha Bo. (Road 211)
The absolute highlight and newest attraction in Nong Khai: The 16m long and U-shaped Glass Sky Walk with fantastic views over Thailand, the Mekong River and Laos. It’s 78km west of Nong Khai so it will take you about 1 1/2 hours to drive there on route 211.. There’s one more tourist attraction on the way just 13km before the Sky Walk: Than Thong Waterfall. There is no admission fee to both places (yet) and there’s also a temple right behind the glass deck called Wat Pa Dak Suea.
The mountain is located in the administrative district (Amphoe) of Sang Khom and has long been the destination of many tourists who enjoy stunning views of the Mekong from on high.
On April 7th. 2016 the glass skywalk was officially opened by the Governor of Nong Khai for visitors to climb up to and enjoy the wonderful views over the Mekong and mountains from the
Asia Peak, a uber improvement tourism complex is in the arrangements for Nong Khai. Asia Peak will be an enormous discount, retail, and stimulation focus situated behind the Asawann Shopping Complex and behind the Nong Khai Provincial Administration Office, covering a territory of 30 Rai. (48.000 square meters.)
Here is a link to a article in The Laotian Times.
And an introduction video