Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

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#2 of 12 in Historic Sites in Surat Thani Province
At Wat Plai Laem, a modern Buddhist temple, admire the statues--one an 18-armed image of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, the other of Budai, the laughing Buddha. Though the temple was constructed recently, it incorporates traditional Chinese and Thai elements into its design. Enjoy a tranquil stroll among the colorful idols, ornate architecture, and riverside scenery. Make Wat Plai Laem a part of your Bophut vacation plans using our Bophut holiday site .
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  • October 5, 2017
    We originally set out from our hotel in our taxi to see the Big Buddha, but due to heavy rain earlier in the day, we were sad to see that the gates were closed, so we could not walk around it (though ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    the tour man take to us the wat plailaem 30 minutes is very lovely. many bhudda go into inside here sandle off please. rain some but us ok. beautiful thank you  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    The statues are interesting and the temple beautiful. Do bare in mind that you have to dress moderately because this is a religious place. We were there for 30 min and that was enough time to see it a...  more »
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  • August 25, 2017
    Worth a visit! Less commercial than the big Buddha... nice location too! Temples surrounded by water....
  • July 30, 2017
    A really beautiful place which is well worth a visit. Probably even more so than the Big Buddha nearby.
  • March 2, 2017
    A great journey into a new level. The Buddhist mantras that come from the temple speakers combined with colorful and beautiful statues and temple buildings really are something unique. Skip the Big Buddha and visit this one (or check out this first).
  • March 10, 2017
    A short walk of no more than 10 minutes from Big Buddha are another group of stunning temples. The detail and intricacy of the buildings and statues is amazing. Well worth the extra steps to see these temples and you could see it all in about 30 minutes maximum.
  • June 20, 2017
    Wat Plai Laem, located in the north-east corner of Samui only 600 metres from Wat Phra Yai / Big Buddha Temple, is one of the more recently built Buddhist temple's in Samui. The main statue is an 18 armed Chinese style statue of Guan Yin, the "Goddess of compassion and mercy". This is an extremely large complex with many other buildings and spectacular statues to see. All of which are either built on or around a large man-made lake filled with fish and surrounded by ducks, chickens and birds. Wat Plai Laem is considered the most popular temple with the locals and well worth a visit.

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