Wanderlustress

Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Belly of the Beast at Buddha Park

One of my favorite posts that I’ve enjoyed sharing since we arrived in Laos is our first outing to Buddha Park. I had no doubt that we would return to this strange and surreal place to show visitors and to photograph again and again. With each return visit, the kids have been more comfortable with the ghoulish atmosphere and otherworldly statues, and none more so than during our most recent trip with our visitors from Hanoi when we decided to enter the belly of the beast!

Remember this giant sprouting onion thing from my second Buddha Park post?

The most popular oddity at Buddha Park.

The most popular oddity at Buddha Park.

Well we finally went inside that giant mouth and explored the creepy belly-of-the-beast interior and dared to climb to the very top…with five kids under 5-years old!

Not surprising that the only happy person inside this mouth was me.

Not surprising that the only happy person inside this mouth was me.

First, you have to cajole even the bravest little ones to willingly step into the giant mouth and convince them to enter further into the semi-darkness of a narrow walkway that circles its way around the entire structure, interrupted half way around the bend by steep and crumbling stone steps to the next level, and on the way passing by windows and doorways of the cobwebbed interior sanctum which looked like a tomb for super creepy statues and figurines.

At least once our eyes adjusted after entering the mouth we found ourselves delighted by the sun beams.

At least once our eyes adjusted after entering the mouth we found ourselves delighted by the sun beams.

Who could still be scared after playing with sunshine? Let's keep going!

Who could still be scared after playing with sunshine? Let’s keep going!

Concern is an understatement when passing children through a narrow air hole at the top of a high structure.

Concern is an understatement when passing children through a narrow air hole at the top of a high structure.

Yes, I willingly lifted my child onto a questionably stirdy structure with low guardrails. Bad mommy moment number infinity.

Yes, I willingly lifted my child onto a questionably stirdy structure with low guardrails – bad mommy moment number infinity.

This shot required all four adults hold on to five children while wielding two cameras!

This shot required all four adults hold on to five children while wielding two cameras! And no. There was no way our two families could switch positions for a shot of us.

On our way down, we dared to explore the belly of the beast.

On our way down, we dared to explore the belly of the beast.

Thick with cobwebs and dust, yet fascinating.

Thick with cobwebs and dust, yet fascinating.

What exactly went on in the mind of the person who collected all of this here?!

What exactly went on in the mind of the person who collected all of this here?!

After the experience, we all retreated to a nice outdoor cafe on the Mekong at the back of the park.

After the experience, we all retreated to a nice outdoor cafe on the Mekong at the back of the park.

After the experience, our bewildered and hot kids slurped down some fresh coconut juice.

Our bewildered and hot kids slurped down some fresh coconut juice.

I’m not sure there is much more to see or experience at Buddha Park but we’ll still return with our next set of visitors. Stay tuned to see what we’ll discover next time!

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