Discover Big Buddha - Phuket
One of the most popular attractions in Phuket is a large 45 meter-tall statue of a white marble Buddha, dedicated to HM King Bhumibol for his 80th birthday. It’s visible from various places along the island, but for the maximum experience, Trip Guru highly recommends that you visit and see the Buddha for yourself. What makes this monument unique is that the funds for its construction come from donations. For both the spiritual and the adventurous, there is something for everyone.
At the time of writing this article, construction is still ongoing but there are plenty of vendors selling snacks and various souvenirs. If you are in need of a spiritual retreat, a meditation hall is also present. Donations are graciously accepted but are not required, so you can visit the Big Buddha for free. Make sure to check out the messages that various donators have left on their very own pieces of marble tile. Visit the meditation hall and enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation—you may even witness the monks chanting or sitting. About two-thirds on your way to the large Buddha, there is a golden statue of Toranee, the Earth Goddess, perfect for taking photographs as well as reflecting. You can also join some meditation training sessions and experience inner peace.
When going to see the Big Buddha, be mindful of the dress code and be sure to wear pants or skirts that cover below your knees. Let the 360 degree view of the southern portion of Puket Island take your breath away and experience the spectacular wonder of Buddha surrounded by bells ringing in the wind, a gentle giant in the midst of a progressive world. There are also tuk-tuks waiting for you as it takes twenty or thirty minutes to ride up the hill, but if you like the challenge, you can also opt to walk. It’s definitely a beautiful and refreshing sight from all the shopping, partying and the pleasure you get from returning to nature is like no other.
The Big Buddha is open from 6:00am to 7:00pm every day. Big Buddha is off Chao Fa Road East near Chalong, and there are many red-and-white signs that can point you in the right direction. Just turn down Soi Yodsane and follow these signs for about 6 kilometers, you can’t miss it.