In addition to tennis lessons, another outing I organized for the kids during their school break this week was a 1/2 day visit to Buddha Park, better known in Lao as “Xieng Khuan” (not to be mistaken with Xiangkhouang, a province known for the famous Plain of Jars). I had seen photos of the Hindu and Buddhists sculptures there and it looked like a cool place to visit with the kids since the park grounds provide green open spaces for them to run around in. I also wanted to give them a different environment to play in aside from the typical playground structures we’d been going to each day.

Boy was it different! Spooky in fact. While some figures were lovely and serene, others were monstrous and ghoulish. Seeing all of them together gave me the immediate impression of a dream in which you’re not exactly frightened…

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