Big Buddha, Ko Samui
Built here in 1972 on the site of the Wat Phra Yai Temple, the Buddha sits at 12 metres high at the top of a staircase and can be easily seen coming in to land at Samui airport. One of the most popular sites on the island, it shows in the tacky t-shirt and souvenir shops that sit alongside the meditation shrine.
Visit Big Buddah Temple.
On the way out there is a Fish Spa where you can get small fish to nibble the dead skin off of your feet, brilliant laugh !
Cost was 300 Baht each for as long as you wanted.
Tea and cold towels supplied.
Buy a roof tile for 50 Baht, write your own message on it.
Finished in the mid 1970s, Big Buddha is the most visited attraction on Ko Samui. Located on the miniscule Ko Phan island, around 1km from Samui International Airport, Big Buddha is around 15m tall and 12m wide. Construction of a monastery on the island was begun in 1920 but stalled after the death of the monk. The plan was eventually changed and the Buddha built instead. Ko Phan, or Small Deer Island, gets its name from a legend that mentions an enchanted deer being the island's guardian spirit.
The Big Buddah is Koh Samui most famous landmark.This golden image proudly stands 12 meters tall and can be seen for several kilometers away.We arrived just as the sun was setting so that was especialy nice .You can also get a good view of part of the Island if you climb the stairs to the mount where the Buddha sits.
it;s a 12 meter golden image of Buddha
If you join the jungle safari trip, they will take you to the Big buddha, at the very end of the trip, just before going back to the hotel.
it;s a nice sight seeing place
Most tourist who comes to Koh Samui will at least visit the giant Buddha statue here which is situated at Big Buddha beach at the northeastern side of the island. While you are there, remember to walk to the back portion of the Wat and you will find an interesting display of bells hanging along the wall while enjoying the view overlooking the sea.
The big Budha is quite a site. The actual budha is beautiful though I hope that they are not doing any repairs. It is also quieter so you can enjoy a religous moment if you are so inclined. The view from the top is good and you can see far in both directions.
The Big Buddha is what it says also there is a praying area and tourist type stalls...............note to reach the Big Buddha there are alot of stairs
Also make sure you take your shoes off at the bottom of the stairs.
Visit Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai Temple), 12 meter high gold Buddha and it is probably Samui's most visited tourist attraction. There are a number of stalls and shops selling souveniers. You can pay 200 bahts to sponsor a brick, write a little message on it and add it to the huge collection which will go towards building a new temple, a nice way to leave your mark on the island. We were also blessed by a Buddhist Monk when we were there and I still wear the orange string around my wrist as a reminder.
Remember this isn't just a tourist site, many Thai's come here to worship so you should wear the appropriate clothing and you must take shoes off before climbing the stairs, no matter how hot the ground is!!
Can be a little crowded but it is a must and will probably one of the last sites you'll see when flying out of the island.
The area around the Big Buddha is a crowded tourist-attraction, and I hate nothing more than being in a bus full of people, loaded and unloaded at certain stops to take pictures, buy souveniers and then rush to the next sight.
Nevertheless, the Big Buddha should not be missed. The other statues around the site are equally magnificent, and you can easily spend a few hours relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.
NOTE: When visiting the Big Buddha or other Buddhist sites, please be considerate and show respect by wearing decent clothing, in other words: cover your shoulders and knees. Nobody would ever say something to you, but you may get some disapproving looks.
There are also some stalls and small stores selling souvenirs; everything from crystals to hand-woven shawls, to wooden carvings to - obviously - buddhas. Refreshments are also available.
TIP: The monks are collecting donations to build new walls, buildings, etc.
You can "Sponsor-a-Brick" (I know it sounds strange!)
You pay as much as you wish, take a brick and write your name, personal message, or whatever you like on the brick and place it on the evergrowing pile. A lovely thought: becoming a piece in their next building :-)
And while you're there, read the messages on some of the thousands of bricks other travellers have left... a great pasttime!
Wat Phra Yai is the home to Koh Sumui's most famous attraction - a 40 foot golden sitting buddha. Most people come to see the sheer size and beauty of the structure and to take in the awesome views. It was originally constructed in 1972 on a separate island but is now connected to Sumui by a bridge. At the foot of the statue, several vendors sell anything from small golden replica's to food to shirts/shorts (if you find yourself there to visit wearing typically tropical beachwear).
Visit the Big Buddha in the early morning or late afternoon for a truly Thai photo oppertunity. The Buddha faces east so morning is probably the best option. Apart from the Wat and the usual setup around these you will also find a small market area and a few small restaurants.
Wat Phra Yai or the temple of the Big Buddha was erected in 1972. It is a modern Buddha image which stands 12m tall against the light tropical blue sky and sea beyond. Meditation huts surround the image and beyond the main entrance stand five other statue images including a giant which is submerged into the sea along with a couple other images.
The temple is located on Ko Fan which is a small island just off the north east coast of Koh Samui. It is connected to Koh Samui by a small dust track or causeway that takes you into a small village type area mainly consisting of souvenir shops. At the center of these shops you will find the main entrance, beyond which and raised high up on the hillside stands the Big Buddha.
The Big Buddha temple is possibly the biggest tourist attraction in Koh Samui.
The statue is so big that it can be seen as you fly in to Samui on the plane and from a long way out to sea as well if you are coming to Bohput by boat because it sits on it's own little headland just outside of Bohput.
There are many shops and restuarants that share the headland with the Big Buddha and many small colourful statues of various kinds as well.
It is definatly worth the trip out to here, to understand a bit about the Thai Buddhist religion and culture.
While you are here you can participate in burning incense ,applying gold leaf onto the image or offering flowers to the Buddha.
There are also a series of small Bells around the statue that can be tapped with a coin to bring you good luck..
Even if you do not want to participate it is nevertheless interesting to see how the Thai's worship him.
A good dose of culture that is worth experiencing.
The Thai girl in the photo below is trying to throw a 1 Baht piece up onto the lap of the big Buddha because if you make a wish and the money stays on his lap then it is supposed to be good luck.