Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)
Sala Kaew Ku (Wat Khaek)
4.5
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excess5
Thailand2,405 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is a recently made park with sculptures build 30-40 years ago. After seeing so many 1000 years old in the area I deemed this as not impressive enough. A couple of sculptures were nice but the rest not.
Maybe save your 40 baht entrance fee for a ban mi in the riverside market
Written 31 December 2023
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Jeffrey D. E
28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Nice place, not that many visitors.
Beautiful statues, the only thing missing are the translations at every statue.
At the entrance of the park there are some small shops where you can buy some snacks, drinks and even some souvenirs.
Written 2 August 2023
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melf_the_elf
Chiang Mai, Thailand41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I actually flew all the way to Udon Thani to see this, so my expectations were high. Not sure it delivered.

You can tell the pandemic has hit this place hard, but the park was open on a random weekday, and I was able to buy cold water and rent an umbrella (for the shade) for 10 baht.

The statues were impressive and unique. Many had a similar face, a smiling face which was sometimes serene and sometimes creepy. The works of art here are mainly concerned with Buddhism and Hinduism and show an alternate depiction of the same-old statues you see everywhere else in Thailand. In fact, they even felt critical / subversive. For that reason, I was surprised people were making offerings to some like they would at a regular Wat.

The place was a bit run down. The statues -- while amazing if a bit repetitive -- could use some upkeep. Also, Thai descriptions explained what the various scenes represented, but there was nothing in English. I may have enjoyed and understood more had I a translation. Also, the facilities were pretty rough. I used a mid-park lavatory that was practically falling apart. (Maybe there were nicer ones elsewhere?)

Overall, it was one of the most unique Wats I've visited in Thailand, but I was hoping for more care for the grounds / visitors.

(As for location, it's not too far from the Mekong river. Google Maps directed my car here, no problem. And only a handful of people were there, so parking was easy. Since the nearby border to Laos is closed I assume -- at least, not a trivial cross due to quarantine requirements -- that would be another reason the place is not seeing many people. I have never seen the Laotian counterpart to this park, but would have stopped by if I could have.)
Written 22 January 2022
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Jeep
1,155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 22 January 2021
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cricetus
Mae Nam, Thailand232 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 23 November 2020
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thomas covenant
Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand115 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 July 2020
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Instantcalmer
Yasothon, Thailand1,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 June 2020
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vincentaoste
Valle d'Aosta, Italy14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 April 2020
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Lost In Asia
Singapore, Singapore2,625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 March 2020
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Adam G
Stockport, UK370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 February 2020
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