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Big Buddha, Bophut
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Pay a visit to a popular and iconic place of worship at Big Buddha. The temple grounds include a gigantic 12 m (39 ft) Buddha statue, visible from several kilometers away, that has become a landmark of the area's skyline and cultural heritage since the temple's founding in 1972. The Buddha sits in the Mara pose, with an upturned left palm in his lap and his right hand resting on his right knee; the Buddha symbolizes calm resolve, having overcoming temptations sent to him by the lord of illusion. Climb the temple steps to stand at the Buddha's feet and admire extensive views of the surrounding coastline. To visit Big Buddha on your holiday in Bophut, and find out what else Bophut has to offer, use our Bophut itinerary maker.
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  • A must see if you are on Samui. Absolutely gorgeous Buddha and very well kept. Lots of little stalls etc round the bottom too for shopping. A plane came in to land whilst were here and it felt so low!...  more »
  • Please note dress code out of respect. Who has nothing can borrow for free what. Donate for a monk and makes you crave.
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  • Me and my partner visited and just no words for it looks stunning with a background view the Sea and this Big Buddha like in a small Island , MUST SEE category it is free of charge to visit , even if ...  more »
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  • Key Takeaway: Not a must go, but worth it if you have never been to any Thai Buddhist temples (Wats). The attraction itself is relatively small with not much else to see in that area. Within 30 minutes you will be done with the attraction. There are more worthwhile Thai temples (Wats) to visit than this one. However, if you are around the area in Bophut and do not have any other alternatives, you could check this out.
  • Big Buddha is a good place to visit, only need an hour. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing that covers shoulders, you can also get some loaned to you. Lots of cute shops around to spend more time here. Also enjoy the good view from the top. Note: You must take off your shoes for this, walk up the grey tiles, not the red ones, they get so hot in the sun half way up your feet are in pain.
  • Lovely tranquil views from the temple of bells surrounding Big Buddha, we couldn't find any place to buy gold leaf like last time that could be applied to artifacts. Maybe that's a good thing, Big Buddha though is as tranquil as ever. Ladies and gents remember to bring appropriate clothing for a Thai religious site, cover knees and shoulders etc.
  • Giant awkward Buddha, 10/10. On a serious note - nice view, interesting thing, souvenir shops and such. Don't forget to NOT approach Buddha with your shoulders uncovered, of you don't have the clothes there are free to loan to cover up your shameful arms
  • "THE" temple to go on Samui . Take 50 steps up and enjoy a terrfic ocean view next to the huge buddha ...