Thursday, June 5, 2014


While we were in Udon Thani, Elder Brown took us to SALAEOUK via 
a Tuk-Tuk a motorized or auto rickshaw.
Auto rickshaws are a common means of public transportation in many countries in the world. Also known as a three-wheelerSamosatempotuk-tuktrishawauto rickshawautorickbajajricktricyclemototaxibaby taxi or lapa in popular parlance, an auto rickshaw is a usually three-wheeled cabin cycle for private use and as a vehicle for hire. It is a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw. Auto rickshaws are an essential form of urban transport in many developing countries, and a form of novelty transport in many Western countries.

Our Tuk-Tuk

A commercial business Tuk-Tuk

This is Elder and Sister Brown's new car on right.  On the left is the Tuk-Tuk they used to get around and the one that took us to SALAEOUK.

This is another type of commercial vehicle commonly used in Thailand. 

Our Tuk-Tuk Ride took us to:

Sala Keoku (Thai: ศาลาแก้วกู่; RTGS: Sala Kaeo Ku;  [sǎːlaː kɛ̂ːw kùː], also spelled as Sala Keo Ku, Sala Keo Koo, Sala Kaew Ku, Sala Kaew Koo, Salakaewkoo, Sala Gaew Goo, Sala Kaeoku, 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 25m 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 stylized) representation of the snakes, whose giant protruding tongues beautifully complement the awe-inspiring composition.
Entrance to SALAKAEOUK

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