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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  • Big Buddha is so beautiful and you get culture mixed with fun. Visit the temple and take in the breathtaking views, and have a cold drink. Really enjoyable!  more »
  • Beautiful image, impressive, but looks more like tourist. Anyway glad I've seen. There are many shops at the foot of the image and restaurants overlooking the water. Out of respect, you have to cover your shoulders, but there are dresses and scarves available for free.
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  • On stage, you can enter the column pole next to the Great Buddha statue, and you can watch the coast, and the weather is very hot, and you'll be here for a short stay photo, and dealer'll be gone.
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  • This was a very impressive temple and is definitely worth seeing while you are on the island. It is free to visit and there is the opportunity to donate towards maintaining the temple. The majority of the island tours will visit this location but you could also rent a scooter and make your own way here. There is also a local market nearby where you can get food, clothes or souvenirs. Women will need to cover their shoulders when visiting as with the majority of temples but shoal is provided free of charge if required.
  • Like the unique Buddha, where you do not have to climb a mountain of thousands of steps :D very nice atmosphere, one monk gave as a blessings. Definitely worth to visit.
  • An iconic landmark on the island, it is a must-see for anyone doing a tour of the island. If you feel adventurous you can rent a scooter and drive there. I had a bit of trouble finding the place with my bad sense of direction but luckily the locals were incredibly friendly and helpful. It is worth the journey and really will be a peaceful, serene visit.
  • Amazing views, the staff are very kind and helpful. They provided us with free gowns to cover our shoulders. Lots of shake stalls around. There was a monk that blessed you for free but donations are welcomed.
  • The temple itself is very nice, but there is so much tourists who throw their trash down on the sides. It is very touristic. Scooter parking is free and it is easy to access.
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