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Big Buddha Phuket, Phuket Town

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Head up the hillside and stand beneath Big Buddha Phuket, a 45 m (148 ft) statue watching over the surrounding landscape and settlements. Begun only a decade ago as a donation-funded project, the giant structure has come to encapsulate a sense of the spiritual and social character of Phuket. Offering extensive views of the surrounding area--and a peaceful break from the urban bustle--the statue's grounds serve as a popular meeting spot, a revered place of worship, and the endpoint of many hikes. Make Big Buddha Phuket a part of your Phuket Town vacation plans using our Phuket Town travel route builder app.
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  • I was pleasantly surprised with this experience. I hired a private taxi to pick me up from my hotel in Karon Beach, Drive me to Big Buddha, wait for me, and bring me back to my hotel. 1000 baht... 
    I was pleasantly surprised with this experience. I hired a private taxi to pick me up from my hotel in Karon Beach, Drive me to Big Buddha, wait for me, and bring me back to my hotel. 1000 baht...  more »
  • Worth doing, especially if you like macaques! Toilets are something to avoid, very poor hygiene (no appear, no soap!) 
    Worth doing, especially if you like macaques! Toilets are something to avoid, very poor hygiene (no appear, no soap!)  more »
  • World class monument still under construction. Interesting and educational information abounds. The view from the monument awards spectacular views of 3 sides or the island of Phuket. 
    World class monument still under construction. Interesting and educational information abounds. The view from the monument awards spectacular views of 3 sides or the island of Phuket.  more »
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  • Pretty much what you expect. It's a big Buddha. It's an impressive structure, and the views from the top are incredible. It's clean, and there are staff around making sure you DON'T pay an entry fee (it's free - do not pay anyone), and making sure people wear masks. It was under construction with some repairs happening when we were there which was a little disappointing, but good they're doing it in the low season. Probably one of the best views you can get in a bathroom however.
  • Great location! Very big Buddha as expected ;) Got to see a monk and received even blessings and a handmade bracelet. It is advised though to make a small donation to support the maintenance of the statue and of course the monks in that area. There is even a small secluded area for monkeys so that humans won't interfere with them but still be able to live a normal life. I really liked that and we saw a few monkeys even climbing out of their little reserve to get a few close up pictures with them. Great day
  • A must visit when going to Phuket. It has been under construction for quite some time and it still in the process as of now. The Buddha itself is absolutely stunning. You can see it from several lowland locations throughout the island but its hard to gain a true appreciation for its size until you get up close. It was also a bit of an educational lesson, they have bronzed statues of many of the famous monks of Thailand as well as bronze statues of the different Buddhas with their postures that signify different days of the week. My Thai wife was eager to help me understand all of this. Admission is free, and I think the best times to visit are early morning and during sunset as it can be hot up there with only a fleeting breeze. Also, the road up can be steep and hazardous at points, something to keep in mind if you are taking a scooter up to the top.
  • Really beautiful and a worthwhile experience. Very interesting that it was built completely from donations and is still in the process of being built. One can buy a tile and put their family name on it and it will be added to the Buddha. There isn't much shade so bring a hat...and bring a hat if you have a big head because the ones they sell there won't fit your big head. Also, for getting there it is pretty mountainous, something to consider for the more inexperienced motorbike riders out there.
  • From the long windy road to Big Buddha, to actually being up front and realising the scale of it. It is definitely worth visiting. Currently very quiet with few tourists so very nice and peaceful up there. There is a temple and shop selling ornaments too. The Big Buddha operates solely on donations and there are plenty of donation boxes dotted around, so worth having a mix of denominations on you to drop a donation.

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