Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Buddha Park

This place totally rocks in a bizarre, surreal sort of way. We had wanted to visit when we were in Vientiane but we had run out of time. Luckily we had one less day in Luang Prabang (bad hotel) than originally planned so an extra whole day in Vientiane was a bonus.

We caught a tuk tuk, as it is 25k's out of town. The ride was a blast, love riding on the back of these, it took an hour so plenty to see on the way (the only sight our driver thought to point out was the beer factory..).

This place, on the banks of the Mekong (never get tired of saying that, The Mekong has such an old worldly feel about it) and it was just a large park. But it was filled up with all these giant statues all made by one man in the 1950's. And oddly enough (I found it odd anyway) that it covered two religions - Buddhism and Hinduism. I guess it was the same in the ancient temples of Cambodia.

The reclining Buddha is over 40m long, and there is a little temple that you can climb into, far too steep for me. There is also this very bizarre stupa sort of, which you get into by climbing into a demons mouth (as you do) but that requires a whole new LO.

Another place in Laos I would completely recommend visiting.

I have used a rare double sketch from Sketchy Thursday for this Lo. I struggle with doubles but is easier with travel photos as we have soooo many of them.

Here's the sketch-

and my Lo completed.

The latest Cocoa Daisy kit has just lobbed on my doorstep so hopefully will have more to show this week. xx


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This IS AMAZING!! I love love love those photos and the papers you used!! Thanks sooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Irini said...

Amazing pics of Buddha park.....lovely double is so rare to see them these days!!

Heather said...

Wow, those structures are incredible. Great layout showcasing it all! Thanks for joining us at Sketchy Thursdays!

lisa said...

Karen, I agree. I struggle with doubles but they are great for holiday pages.Love your photos, the place looks amazing.

I didn't know you got CD kits. You should pop over to the chat forum, would be lovely to see you there. We have a crop coming up in May.
Hope you are well xx

Keshet said...

Wow, great design! Love the colors! Thanks for joining the fun at Sketchy Thursdays this week!

Sarah said...

LOVE those pictures!! they're amazing!! Great LO too!!