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Sala Keoku also spelled as Sala Keo Ku, Sala Keo Koo, Sala Kaew Ku, Sala Kaew Koo, Salakaewkoo, Sala Gaew Goo, Sala Kaeoku, Sala Kaeo Ku, etc. Alternative name: Wat Khaek) is a park featuring giant fantastic concrete sculptures inspired by Buddhism and Hinduism.


It is located near Nong Khai, Thailand in immediate proximity of the Thai-Lao border and the Mekong river. The park has been built by and reflects the personal vision of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat and his followers

( the construction started in 1978 ). It shares the style of Sulilat's earlier creation, Buddha Park on the Lao side of Mekong, but is marked by even more extravagant fantasy and greater proportions.


Some of the Sala Keoku sculptures tower up to 25 mtrs. in the sky. Those include a monumental depiction of Buddha meditating under the protection of a seven headed Naga snake. While the subject ( based on a Buddhist legend ) is one of the recurrent themes in the religious art of the region, Sulilat's approach is highly unusual, with its naturalistic  (  even though

stylised ) representation of the snakes, whose giant protruding tongues beautifully compliment the awe-inspiring composition.

Sala Keoku: one step to Buddhahood


The Sala Keoku pavilion is a large three-story concrete building, whose domes bear a surprising resemblance to a mosque. It was constructed following Sulilat's plans after his death. The 3rd floor hosts many Sulilat related artefacts, as well as his mummified body.


Perhaps the most enigmatic part of the park

is the Wheel of Life, a circular multi-part group

of sculptures representing the karmic cycle of

birth and death.


The composition culminates with a young

man taking a step across the fence surrounding

the entire installation to become a Buddha

statue on the other side.

Nong Khai Province, Page 6, Sala Keoku, or Sala Keo Ku, Park, Nong Khai Province, Thailand
Nong Khai Province, Page 6, Sala Keoku, or Sala Keo Ku, Park, Nong Khai Province, Thailand

Sala Keoku, or Sala Keo Ku, Park, Nong Khai Province, Thailand