The Big Buddha Temple on Koh Samui Thailand
The Big Buddha temple is a well-known Koh Samui landmark. Located on a small island off of Koh Samui, Wat Phra Yai’s golden Buddha is twelve meters tall and is an important landmark that can be seen from afar. When visiting the statue, visitors get a great view of the surrounding area.
The Big Buddha temple must be reach via a causeway. At the statue itself, here is a small courtyard and a market where you can buy various religious artifacts as well as souvenirs and clothing. You will also find that there are small restaurants here, and you can take up a colorful, interesting staircase to the Buddha statue itself.
Every day, Buddhists come to Koh Faan with various offerings to leave before the statue. They also light incense and observe specific religious rituals here. Dress respectfully, which means covering the chest and shoulders and avoiding very short-short and skirts. Do not wear beachwear.
Big Buddha Beach down below has plenty of hotels, guesthouses, shops, and dining venues.
In order to reach the temple by road, follow the main route 4169 until it is time to turn off on to route 4171. It is open to visitors all day long, but it is best to go in the early morning, when most people come to perform their devotions and the monks chant.