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Vietnam’s unique waterpark a first for Buddhism

Oct 13, 2016

In a rather unromantic location next to a rubbish dump, is Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park, also known as "the fairy stream.” It is the planet’s very first Buddhism-themed water park.

Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park is a Vietnamese water-filled fantasy land, located 15 kilometers south of Ho Chi Minh City. Suoi Tien is the world's first water park devoted to Buddhism, specifically the Southeast Asian animistic form of Buddhism. Take the children to visit the sacred animals in the form of the dragon, unicorn, tortoise, and phoenix used thematically throughout the massive water park.

The animism works well for the theme park; instead of Mickey and Daffy, Suoi Tien has chosen the dragon, unicorn, tortoise, and phoenix as its sacred animals, used thematically throughout the huge water park. Furthermore, workers in golden monkey outfits roam the park taking pictures with visitors and causing "mischief."

Street vendors, water buffalos, mopeds buzzing around and floating markets are a visitor’s first experiences when visiting such a naturally rich and cultural destination as Vietnam. From the temples of Hanoi and the islands of Halong Bay to the beaches of Nha Trang and the palaces of Hue, it is a country now firmly etched in the travel psyche. The second largest coffee production destination in the world, Vietnam is ideal for the caffeine addicts. A cashew nut heaven, full of exotic foods and fruits, one may come across a Vietnamese speciality ruou ran, a rice wine with a pickled snake in it that is said to cure all illnesses. Vietnamese food is a blend of Chinese and Thai styles and is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Explore the cities, explore the people, and discover a whole world of new and old cultures that make Vietnam such an iconic destination to visit.

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Vietnam’s unique waterpark a first for Buddhism

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