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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

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Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
+66 92 923 4510
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A large statue of Buddha situated on a promontory from where you can admire the bay. Wonderful sunset. As you come out you can enjoy an amazing espresso coffee in Good Morning ... Read more
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Big Buddha Temple is set majestically on a small rocky island off the island's most north-eastern point. As its name indicates, it is home to a giant, 12-metre high golden Buddha statue. Since being built in 1972, it has become one of Ko Samui's main tourist attractions and a major landmark. The Buddha statue depicts Buddha in a state of calm and purity and resolve, having overcome temptation and fear sent at him by Mara , Lord of Illusion. Known locally also as Wat Phra Yai.

Location is near the Airport, Route 4171

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ko Samui's Big Buddha resides in the north east part of the island and can be seen from the air when you fly into Samui's airport. The 12 metre Buddha statue, built in 1972, sits within a larger Wat (temple) where local Thais come for their daily devotion and worship. The beautiful and mesmerizing long flight of steps lead to an engaging Buddha image seated in a meditative posture. The beautiful views and spiritual sanctuary of the Buddha and Wat lends itself to a wonderful place of peaceful reflection.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This an impressive 49 foot tall golden statue of Buddha known as Wat Phra Yai. You have to take your shows off and walk up a number of stairs. Nice views from the site. Shops and restaurants surround the temple area.

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Rimini, Italy

A large statue of Buddha situated on a promontory from where you can admire the bay. Wonderful sunset. As you come out you can enjoy an amazing espresso coffee in Good Morning Thailand caffe

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Kimberley, South Africa

Nice place to visit, kids have a ball ringing the bells and the views are lovely on a clear day.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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An impressive huge golden buddha, and a view of the surrounding area. Worth a look.

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