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Phuket Big Buddha, Chalong

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Head up the hillside and stand beneath Phuket Big Buddha, 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. Using our international travel planner, Phuket Town attractions like Phuket Big Buddha can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Nice view of the island from the top. It was a great spiritual experience especially when the monk blesssed me and my partner. Appart from that, there is nothing much to do, it is still under construc...  more »
  • When you come on the island of phuket, it must pass through the big buddha! Beautiful views on the island!
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  • excellent to see the spirituality and charity involved in such a landmark. Well worth the scoot up the mountain road...  more »
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  • One of the biggest Buddha statues in the world. Located on one of the highest easily accessible hills in Phuket. It offers several amazing panoramic viewpoints overlooking both the east and west coast of Phuket. And then of course the huge hollow Buddha statue where monks are often chanting prayers inside. Since it's basically a crowd-funded project, the construction of the infrastructure is still ongoing at this moment, and everyone can contribute by buying anything from there or donating. The entry is free. There are usually quite many people there, but it's never badly overcrowded. The road leading up the hill is quite steep, so if you go there with a small motorbike with two (heavier) people on the bike, it could make sense to use their car shuttle to drive you up, as the bike might not have enough power at some of the steeper places. Don't miss the big toilet behind the parking lot! It looks very unique, has a great view (which is rare for a toilet), and you can sometimes see monkeys playing in the underlying jungle from there. On your way down there is actually another great viewpoint on your left hand where you can see Karon beach. Great spot for photos. UPDATE: Have to downgrade my rating a bit. Lately they are using badly equalized distorting loudspeakers to amplify the monks' prayer songs. This totally kills the peaceful vibe there and even hurts the ears. Would be much better and magical if it was just natural singing inside the Buddha statue.
  • Have to come to big budda even if your not into this sort of thing. Its peaceful, beautiful views and just enormous. One of the biggest in the world. Great drive up there aswell.
  • Great spot for daily prayers, whats even better is that you can run up this mountain on a few trains or the main drive to get to it for a challenge. Ran to here from Soi Ta-ied man times. Beautiful people and spirits here!
  • Big Buddha is a spot I would take any of my friends. You kind of have to! Come here for some serenity, to meditate, or check out the views and support the local community. You won't be disappointed. There is a small vista on the way up which showcases great sunsets!