The 'Big Buddha' of Pakse City, Champasak, Laos
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ianatlarge
N 15° 05.772 E 105° 48.504
48P E 586872 N 1669125
Quick Description: A large Buddha, on a hill, overlooking the southern Laos city of Pakse.
Location: Laos
Date Posted: 8/29/2011 7:55:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMCERH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 3

Long Description:
The southern Laos city of Pakse was designed and constructed a century ago by the French colonial administration. It is a pleasant city, and, as it is surrounded on three sides by water, it is usually cool (relatively). The city is also the largest city and the provincial capital of the Champasak province.

A sign of the slowly improving economy of the city and province (and the country) is the creation of a tourist area to the south of the city, adjacent to the 'Japanese Bridge', across the Mekong River. This still uncompleted park is highlighted by a 'Big Buddha' on a hill top, who gaze moves across the city. As at August 2011 the Buddha is not yet complete, but the final design is clear. The Buddha is an estimated 10m high, and gold in colour. It follows the design of those I have seen in Thailand.

To reach this statue one must first cross the bridge from the city. This can be down on foot, but a bike or rental vehicle is the better option. Then the ascent of the steps. I did not count, but more than a few, in several stages. Not difficult, but carry your own water. Then before you is the Buddha. Around and behind the Buddha are several structures in partial stages of construction. I suspect a prayer hall, exhibitions, and a restaurant or two.
Open to visitors?: Yes

Photography Permitted Inside?: Yes

Statue of the Buddha present?: Yes

Related Website: Not listed

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Photos of the shrine are strongly encouraged when permitted otherwise please refrain from taking pictures inside and in any case, generally have respect for the religious nature of the site.

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