Discover Big Buddha - Koh Samui
Travelers, who are visiting the island of Koh Samui, should drop whatever they are doing and visit the Big Buddha. This 40 foot structure that overlooks the sea, greets visitors, who arrive via plane or boat, with a calm stance – giving them a peaceful and warm welcome without having to say any words; and although the Big Buddha can be seen from afar, there is always a sense of wonder and awe to those who choose to walk in its revered presence.
Sitting upon a small island in Wat Phra Yai, this massive landmark has become an attraction to visitors and locals alike. To first time travelers or visitors who are unaware of the structure’s importance, they might assume that all of these buildings look alike. However, like the Big Buddha in Koh Samui, it offers a very unique and one of a kind experience to those who have opened their hearts and minds. The journey might not be as long or arduous as the others, but that does not mean that the road itself has nothing to offer. At the foot of the Big Buddha are two mythical serpents known as Nagas, who are laid upon the surface of the stair’s railways, raise their necks proudly as they acknowledge the presence of challengers who are taking the first few steps. Successful climbers will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the beaches that surround Koh Samui and the island of Koh Pha Ngan, and a silent blessing that is given by the golden Buddha that sits before them.
Trip Guru would like to remind travelers that in order to fully enjoy this experience, you must wear the appropriate attire and not expose your shoulders, the area above your knees, and toes. This place is used for religious activity such as festivals, meditation, and prayers, so please, do follow the rules and respect Thailand’s culture.
The Big Buddha is located on the North Eastern tip of Koh Samui island and getting there is pretty simple. Songthaews are available for travel and they can take you straight to Wat Phra Yai. The best time to visit the Big Buddha is around the early morning – for a cooler environment – but if you want to see it in its full glory, wait until the sunset to see it shine. It is open daily and has no admission fee, but donations are welcome.