Big Buddha, Bophut

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#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Surat Thani Province
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 and other attractions in Bophut, use our Bophut trip planner .
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  • The surroundings down below are a bit tourist-trappy, but the temple itself and it's placement never fail to astound. The temple proper is done with respect to the Buddha, and many Thais go there for ...  more »
  • is a construction of 1972. It is not an ancient monument, but it is still a stop not to be missed to Koh Samui; If only for the view and the charm that these places have.
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  • Not much to do... just seeing. It helps to research appropriate dress code; which I did do the night before our visit and I'm glad I was prepared because I saw 2 tourist ladies being denied access on ...  more »
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  • While it's not an especially high place being off the main shore a bit the steps take you up to a lovely view of the surrounds with the water looking amazing. There is a dress code and if you forget to adhere to it the local monks will certainly let you know as i saw a few times on my trip. They will help you adhere to the dress code so i wouldn't worry too much unless you plan to visit in a bikini. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Very touristy... Interesting to spend an hour or so, to see and take in the views. Plae Laem Temple up the road about a kilometer is much more interesting IMO !
  • Nice temple with a great view of the ocean as well. Can tour the whole complex in about 10 minutes but it is well worth the visit. Keep the dress code in mind for temples, luckily the do provide some covering for free if you forgot.
  • Lovely place with gorgeous view. Make sure you wear appropriate and respectful clothing.
  • quiet and peaceful the day i went. Surrounded by many cute little shops. Great for photography.

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