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. Make Phuket Big Buddha a part of your Phuket Town vacation plans using our Phuket Town travel route builder app .
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  • I loved this experience! My friend and I rode our motorcycle to the top. It was on a Wednesday afternoon and unlike a lot of the tourist attractions around this time of the year I was not overwhelmed ...  more »
  • The Big Buddha was a fun tourist destination with a great view! The drive up was beautiful and there were lots of things to do along the way. Fun way to check out the local culture.  more »
  • After having visited a few years ago we came back with friends. Beautiful view over the island. You can get the blessing by monks who will tie a fabric bracelet on your wrist, obviously you leave a small donation; all, I have to say, always very impressive.
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  • An incredible place! It is informative about the many aspects of Buddhist Life, it has spectacular views and many interesting spaces. There are little convenience stores dotted around and it is a very nice drive up. There is also a way to commemorate a life event by donating a tile and writing on the back of it. Lots of gold bells and leaves create a cascade of sound and if you venture down, you will be entertained by monkeys raiding the bins. There are shops full of memorabilia, healing balls and relics as well as Monks that provide beAutiful blessings. There is even a space to try meditation. Don't miss this incredible place.
  • It has an amazing view at the top here. I liked learning a little about Buddhism and the monkeys were adorable. The drive up here is CRAZY they really need to fix this terrible road but it is worth the drive. Also check out the small cafes along the road. They also have amazing views of the ocean.
  • The place has a ongoing construction. Big Buddha is more or less completed in its construction. The statue can be seen from far. And it's great. The ongoing construction are the finishing touch of the place. During raining season, the place can be very chilly. Great place to see the phuket island too, as it's located on top of the small mountain. Along the journey are the coffee or place for quick bite; and other tourist attractions...
  • Iconic. A must see for anyone visiting Phuket. There are many “Big Buddha’s” in Thailand, but this is the grand champion! A work in progress, this will continue for many years to come. This is a Temple, so please dress appropriately. Sarongs are provided free of charge if shorts are too short or shoulders are bared. There are many smaller statues and shrines around the grounds, but the marble tiled big Buddha itself is incredible.
  • The most surreal experience I've ever had. Indeed,it might not be for everyone,the climb is more than 2 steps and it is quite steep,but if you brave it and reach the top,even those with no religion will feel a sense of accomplishment. Even then,though,there are two levels and for those who do not want to climb,the walkway is wide and flat from the entrance all the way to a magnificent view. The 360 view is magnificent and experiencing the massive Buddah statue in person,as photos do not do it justice,is breathing. There are shops with refreshments and interesting information about the statue and the religion behind it all around the area. FREE scarves can be gotten at the entrance as everything from your shoulders to the knees need to be covered as a sign of respect. Photos and videos are allowed and you can even partake in a Buddhist prayer at one of the many shrines. I 100% recommend this for everyone visiting Thailand,if not for experiencing the culture then definitely for the sea view!

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