Buddha Eden Garden, Bombarral

(4.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Home to an extensive collection of Buddhas, statues, and other Asian-inspired artwork, Buddha Eden Garden is the largest Oriental complex of its kind in Europe. Founded in 2001 as a reaction to the Taliban's destruction of the famous Banyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, the garden has endeavored to preserve their memory. Wander the 35 hectares (86 acres) of green space with ponds, fountains, and pagodas, and try to get in touch with the area's mission of peace and understanding. You certainly won't miss the gigantic reclining Buddha statue designed to resemble those at Banyan, or the 2,200 individual replicas of China's famous Terra Cotta soldiers. Be sure to stop by the on-site wine store for a chance to sample one of Portugal's most famous exports, produced by a local company. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Buddha Eden Garden and many more Bombarral attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bombarral trip generator.
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  • This is the second time I visit and this Oriental garden continues to amaze! Looks like we're in another world, so different from the typical Portuguese gardens. Well cared for green areas, lakes with colorful fish, many statues (including the famous Buddhas and the blue army) and crannies ideas to relax. There is also a train that makes the garden tour, maybe more suitable for those who have difficulty mobilizing or gets tired easily. Although not allowed picnics the garden has a restaurant right at the entrance.
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  • Was lucky enough to visit this on a beautiful sunny day in December. It was the last day of the year and not too many people which made it very pleasant. It's only 3eur to get it and the gardens are b...  more »
  • Buddha Eden must be one of the main attractions of Europe! Amazing how even in Portugal the "Park" is well known. The place is a wine farm transformed into Eastern Park beautifully ornamented with statues of Buddhas and other Chinese and Indian Deities. The largest of them (of the goddess Kwan Yin) has almost 35 meters high. The Buddha lying down is also ciclopico and provides great background for pictures. The replica of the Chinese quota land army also draws a lot of attention. The Lakes, the malls and all the architectural and landscape inspires anyone. Is a place to contemplate at leisure and in several visits face your area be extensive and always be getting more pictures and new crannies. The main Lake with gazebo inside make up a scenario of beautiful and restorers. Despite being dominated by sino-Japanese style, also has an African garden of unexpected and poignant beauty. At the entrance (the visit only costs 4 euros) has a restaurant which offers a fixed menu whose highlight is the cod with cream, but with other options for those who do not is a fan of the dish. The ideal is to have lunch before the walk to be able to digest the meal thoughtfully (much to walk!). Believe me: Buddha Eden is one of the wonders of Europe!
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  • Absolutely stunning, trabquil and so many sculptures to see. Very good value for money as entry price was very reasonable, young children are free and a glass of wine, at the cafe, was cheap. We also bought a couple of bottles of wine at the shop. Very impressed.
  • FABULOUS. Beautiful. Inspiring. Best way I can think of to spend 3 euros and an afternoon. Lovely peaceful grounds, excellent thought-provoking sculptures, a pagoda on a lake, ... this has got to be one of the best open air art galleries in the world. Plus it attached to Quinta da Loridos.. producers of amazingly good wine, which you can buy in their beautiful wine shop. PLUS its a 3/4 minute drive form the best Thai restaurant in Portugal...check out Supatra Thai, Carvalhal. Best day out ever!!!!
  • Cool sculpture garden. Haven't seen anything like this in Portugal. Worth the visit if you are nearby.
  • Bonkers. Yep, this place is bonkers. In a really fun way. Somebody has a real obsession with collecting and displaying ginormous buddha statues. Also of note is the blue terracotta warriors and some equally humongous modern art. A nice break from the wine tours of this area and definitely worth an hour or two of your time. Look for the terrapins in the pond by the cafe.
  • Cool collection of Buddhist statues. Big property, easy to find places to just be in silence.