Pay a visit to a popular and iconic place of worship at Big Buddha. The temple grounds include a gigantic 12 m (39 ft) Buddha statue, visible from several kilometers away, that has become a landmark of the area's skyline and cultural heritage since the temple's founding in 1972. The Buddha sits in the Mara pose, with an upturned left palm in his lap and his right hand resting on his right knee; the Buddha symbolizes calm resolve, having overcoming temptations sent to him by the lord of illusion. Climb the temple steps to stand at the Buddha's feet and admire extensive views of the surrounding coastline. To visit Big Buddha and other attractions in Bophut, use our Bophut trip planner .
Big Buddha Reviews
Has about 50 steps but provides a scenic view. Would take 10 minutes to do, is peaceful. Best visited before 9am, thereafter gets busy with tour groups. more »
After visiting temples in Bangkok I was tempted no to go to big budda. However, we rented a car and off we went. I was pleasantly surprised, the budda is on the coast and is magnificant. There are lit... more »
Very nice mystical experience at this place, we got full blessing ritual from the local monk. Beautiful views from around the statue to all sides of the bay. You can buy some souvenirs and clothes around. Food was rather higher priced than at other parts of the island. It is one must to see of Koh Samui.
Big Buddha itself was impressive, but the entire experience was also kind of a big disappointment. It felt much more like a tourist trap, than an legitimate temple. There are several other temples on the island, which I found to be much more impressive and interesting. Ladies, prepare yourselves by coming with a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders as they have dress code "police" that enforce what they view to be temple standards. I found that type of enforcement to be quite a juxtaposition to the money-centric operations going on all around the temple, in terms of Buddhist observance.
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