Thursday, 5 May 2016

Temple of Big Buddha, Koh Samui

One of the most famous temple in Koh Smaui is Wat Phra Yai which translates to Temple of Big Buddha. The temple is located on a small island north-east of Koh Samui , the 12 meter high Golden Status was built in the year 1972 and its one of the first landmarks people see when lading at the Koh Samui airport .

Temple of Big Buddha, Koh Samui
The statue depicts Buddha in a state of calm having overcome temptation sent to him by Lord Mara, Lord of Illusion

Wat Phra Yai koh samui
The staircase with ornate dragon designs that leads to the platform where the big Buddha sites

 Around the base of the statue you have a courtyard surrounded with souvenirs shops and shops selling amulets and religious artefacts. There are a  few restaurants and snack centres as well, when I went to visit the Big Buddha it was very hot ! remember to take a cap, umbrella etc. and stay hydrated .
Temple Koh SamuiThe Big Buddha temple is definitely worth visiting and the best time would be around 5 to 6. Make sure to carry the widest lens in your arsenal to get the big status and the steps leading up to it in a single frame. If time is limited I would recommend visiting Wat Pali Laem as it has more character and really beautiful architecture.

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