Big Buddha Koh Samui is near a small town called Bang Rak, which you may have heard called Big Buddha Beach. Big Buddha is located about 7 km’s form Chaweng and only a couple from Bophut. It is very easy to find as it it is on the main road which encompasses the entire island.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha is one of Samui’s more famous iconic images, with people coming from all over Thailand to pay their respects to this huge Buddha. As you approach on the road 4171 you can see Buddha’s golden coat glimmering in the sunlight, it is a truly breath-taking sight.

Buddha sits proudly upon a very small island, which is not really much more than a few rocks out in the bay, the small island is called Koh Fan (Dear Island). There was once a small wooden bridge that connected it to the mainland, however it was soon damaged, so land fill was used to create a decent walk way.

As time has gone on, the land-filled connection has actually destroyed part of the reef in the next bay, so plans are underway to remove the landfill once and for all and reconstruct a bridge, and once again giving the marine life chance to breath.

During its conception it was originally planned for the site to be a large monastery, unfortunately the monk who conceived the plans died not long before construction started and so it was decided that building a monastery might prove costly so a Big Buddha was built instead.

As you approach you will see a large staircase which leads all the way to the top of Big Buddha, here the views of Koh Phangan and the area is quite spectacular. The stairway is heavily guarded by two huge sea serpents which have been beautifully painted on as a mural.

The monks here are extremely friendly very knowledgeable and helpful, however as with all Thai temples and places of worship there are several do and dont’s. The monks will be generally be busy with prayers or blessing and ringing bells they also use a lot of holy water for their blessing and are always happy to spread the word of Buddha onto to foreigners.

You can aslo write a message onto a small roof tile which the monks use to repairs their buildings on these tiles. The done thing is to wish you and your family luck and show respect to Buddha, you will be charged a small fee, but the tiles will be used to repair floors and roofs of the temples so all prayers and message will live on long after you have left Koh Samui.

Budhha is depicted in a pure state of calmness purity and resolve after overcoming temptation and lured to him by Mara, the lord of Illusion. It is known as the Mara posture, the left hand with palm open wide and facing out in the lap, the right hand is facing down towards the knee.

Big Buddha
Big Buddha

There is a second and smaller Buddha which depicts the Maitreya of the Future there is a large collection of sacred bells at the rear of the temple. The temple, as many Thai temples are, is adorned with many paintings,

Naga Statues and all and everything holy and sacred. There is a small market there too, which sells all sorts of wares, such as amulets other Buddhist items too.

In the main part of big Buddha beach there are all the usual attractions and where one can get properly watered and fed Big Buddha beach is a great little place to spend the day away from the busier places like Chaweng and Lamai beaches. And the beach itself has become very popular in recent years amongst travellers who like a quieter holiday.

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