Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)

Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek), Nong Khai

Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Jeep
57 contributions
Grand statues scattering around the big garden
Sep 2020
All I have to say is "spectacular". (but my sister may added "and little bit scary")

This outdoor park settled hundred(s) of religious sculptures. Some of them are in the size of human, while most of them are huge, and the rests are gigantic. These powerful statues representations included historical life of Buddha, Bodhisattva, Hindu deities, angels in heaven and sufferings in hell (according to Buddhism), mythical creatures from Jataka tales such as naga and garuda, characters from Hindu legend (Ramayana) and folklores. Some sculptures represent local proverbs that teach moral principles, some illustrate significant events in local literatures, while some display Buddhist beliefs such as "Karma" and "Samsara". Base of statues also have (Thai) scripts to describe their details (name, legend, date of creation), or show some doctrines, or even leave some dharma puzzles. I do respect the creator of these statues. What a faith!

Entrance fee is 20 bath for Thai and 40 baht for foreigner (double priced but still cheap). Lucky for us that the weather was mild (Unless we might be burned), so we spent whole hour leisuring around and taking photos.

For ones travelling to Nongkhai, don't forget to add this amazing place in your itinerary. This place is "must stop".
Written January 22, 2021
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cricetus
Mae Nam, Thailand223 contributions
Double price policy
Nov 2020 • Couples
Double price policy: 20THB for Thais and 40THB for foreigners. Good for the one time visit: were there in 2012 and were amazed. The second time it’s looking not so breathtaking. OK if you passing by.
Written November 23, 2020
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thomas covenant
Pattaya, Thailand100 contributions
huge stone statues
Jul 2020
temple garden area with huge stone statues. most of the statues are buddha statues, but some are nagas and snakes.
double pricing 20 for thai, 40 for foreigners. so not a big issue for once, double pricing nonetheless...
Written July 19, 2020
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Instantcalmer
Yasothon, Thailand959 contributions
Number 1 attraction in Nong Khai
Jun 2020 • Couples
There's been a lot written about this place and no wonder. I had prepared by reading the story of the monk who designed and worked on it building up followers and community support. The result is about 200 statues that give an original perspective on Buddhism, Hinduism and life. The great mother features also.
The statues are sometimes humourous, reverential, philisophical or practical. Some teach a lesson. For instance near the entry is an elephant pressing forward with about 100 small dogs yapping at him. The lesson don't lose your purpose by listening to gossip and negativity. A cartoon in stone.
The long inscriptions are all in Thai so maybe a Thai friend can translate for you or read in advance for a deeper understanding.
Enter the eternal mother's womb and receive a panaroma of couplehood and parenthood.
Stunning, entertaining, thought-provoking, calming and spiritual. How's that for a package?
A modest 40 baht entry for non-Thais who pay 10 baht. I'd gladly pay 400 baht same as a national park. I'm sure it just pays for upkeep and gardening.
Written June 13, 2020
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vincentaoste
Valle d'Aosta, Italy14 contributions
VERY INTERESTING SITE
Feb 2020
I visited this site 20 years ago, I returned this year and always found it very interesting.
Works and new constructions have been made to make it better.
The site is very well preserved and entertained!
New buildings give it more value and beauty.
Very interesting to visit for its culture and history, for all the meaning of these ancient statues that tell of the life lived and the beliefs of the elderly.
Written April 19, 2020
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Lost In Asia
Singapore, Singapore2,266 contributions
Strange Place
Dec 2019
I read the original was in Laos, but for some reasons the artist/owner came to Thailand and built this.

It is a strange place with a mixed bags of Statues and Dieties.

Interesting for an hour or 2, but it get very hot during mid day.
Written March 13, 2020
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Adam G
Stockport, UK369 contributions
Certainly Impressive
Jan 2020 • Couples
You really should visit if in Nong Khai, a temple with beautiful interiors which many people miss. Plus a sculpture garden with all sorts of depictions of Buddha and others. Some on quite an immense scale. Gaudy? Tacky ! That’s your decision but I felt some of the work skilful and beautiful
Written February 2, 2020
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sturner1802
Pattaya, Thailand10 contributions
Oh dear
Dec 2019
Don’t bother. A jumble of crudely constructed statutes depicting nothing of interest. Double pricing for foreigners negates any amusement might have otherwise felt at this proof of someone’s ignorance of the themes depicted. Avoid: visit one of the many Forrest temples instead.
Written December 22, 2019
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jalee77
Singapore, Singapore435 contributions
Park with various amazing sculptures :)
Dec 2019
This park consists of various huge sized sculptures.

There is another park in Vientiane , Laos not far away that is similar and those sculptures are also made by the same person.

Admission fee of 40 THB per adult.

I cycled here from Nong Khai town and took me about 20 minutes only :)
Written December 18, 2019
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TStiller
Munich, Germany486 contributions
Nice walk and bike ride, nothing special
Nov 2019
The area is nice to walk for a morning or afternoon walk, nothing to fancy or special. On the Laos side across the river you have the more spectacular Buddha Park. But for a good time and some shade some pictures and interesting development its worth visiting.
Written December 3, 2019
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