Buddha Park is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. The Xieng Khuan park was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. He was a priest-shaman, myth-maker, mystic and sculpture artist with a large following in Laos and later in Thailand. There are more than 200 sculptures in the park and most of them face away from the Mekong. The statues are made of cement and are ornate, and sometimes bizarre in design. The statues appear to be centuries old, though they are not.