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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  • This Buddha isn't very old, and in fact is still under construction, but we found this to be a highly worthwhile trip. The signage around the base of the Buddha had a lot of interesting information ab...  more »
  • Took a taxi ride up there, awesome view of the area. The Budda itself is pretty imposing, a lot of construction work is currently underway, but you can go inside the base of the Budda and see the peop...  more »
  • still under construction but well worth a look,please remember that you are in there country and you need to respect their beliefs, we saw some people showing no respect at all and thinking it was fun...  more »
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  • Beautiful view. Short flight of stairs to and from the Big Buddha - may not be suitable for the elderly and disabled. Admission is free. The place is under construction but accessible. You can contribute by buying the tiles (you can write message on it) or by simply donating. Plenty of parking, clean facilities and very reasonable--priced beverages sold (40 baht for coconut). Make sure to wear appropriate clothing.
  • We rode our little scooter up the steep hill to Big Buddha. Lots of fun to do this and well sign posted. The Big Buddha and Golden Buddha are together well worth looking at and the view from the top is amazing. Unless you want a very spiritual experience and intend saying lots of prayers and meditating I'd suggest allocating a maximum of 3 hours.
  • Nice views from the top and from several vista points on the road up. It's possible to hike the six or so miles up the hill, but most people seem to ride motorbikes or take minivans through a tour agency. The big Buddha statue at the top was still being constructed at the time of this writing, but was complete enough to be worth the trip. There are also several smaller statues of the Buddha and other prominent figures in Buddhism at several shrines around the base of the big statue, some in secluded little spots with great views of the surrounding area. There are food and beverages available from a few vendors at and near the top, and a parking lot for cars and a reserved area for motorcycles.
  • This was such a great place to visit, the views are amazing, you do have to cover your shoulders and legs of you are a female and if you haven't taken enough to cover up they have shawls you can borrow so you are able to walk around and get a good look.. it's such a great feeling walking up there and the atmosphere is great. My daughter who is 6 thoroughly enjoyed it and she would keep pointing it out throughout the day as we drove around the island
  • It's the second visit to the Big Buddha. The majestic Big Buddha never fail to impress. But just wondering what is taking the construction so long. The view was spectacular from the Big Buddha. Get ready your camera / video camera. If you are visiting this place near noon, it's going to be HOT. No shelter. A short but worthwhile visit to anyone visiting Phuket. The driver will send you all the way to the bottom of the Big Buddha. A just walk into the compound and some stairs to climb (not too many). Oh yes, ladies with exposed shoulder will be provided a scarf to "cover" yourself. It's a spiritual place after all. Bermudas are acceptable.
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