Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha
Phuket Big Buddha
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Phuket Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha, a 45 meter tall white marble statue, is visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. It might not be my favourite attraction on the island, but the views from up there are definitely breathtaking. When reaching the top of the hill you will find a large parking and a road leading to a construction where people can donate, buy amulets and where occasional ceremonies are held. This place also serves as a museum narrating the history of the Big Buddha. You’ll have to walk through this building to access the stairs climbing to the Big Buddha. Once there you’ll find out that a wide angle lens would have been a good idea, but since you are reading this, you’ll have yours.

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The top of the hill is not that wide and the Buddha is really massive, so it is not easy to capture it in its entirety. Mostly built on people’s donation in 2004, Phuket Big Buddha is 45 meter high and made of white marble. Next to it is a smaller golden Buddha actually made of brass.

From up there you will get some pretty stunning bird view on three large bays. Before that day, I always thought they were far from each other. Directly in front of the Big Buddha is Chalong Bay and when sky is clear, you will see all the way to Phang Nga Bay. Few steps to the west, another short staircase will take you to a terrace from which you’ll get a nice view on Kata Bay and Kata Noi Bay. You might even recognize Promthep cape and even Nai Harn Windmill. The best spot to see the third bay is actually to stop at the restaurant on the way up. You’ll get from there a very good panorama of Karon Bay and its giant resorts.

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Why does it feel like a tourist attraction? Too many massive signs all the way to the Sarasin bridge some 50 km away and too many signs pointing at the site when closing up… where is the humility and the feeling of inner peace? Forget any possible reflection on the beauty of the site, the background soundtracks is way to loud, so altogether: the attraction is too obvious. Koh Samui always had a very popular Giant Buddha and it feels like Phuket wanted to have it bigger.

Phuket Big Buddha is an unavoidable site to visit, but it left me uneasy… The sitting Buddha of Wat Kao Rang or the reclining Buddha of Wat Srisoonthron are more humble.

How to get to Phuket Big Buddha

Just follow the signs, would be hard to miss, not for from Wat Chalong. The road leading to the site itself is in a decent condition but can be tricky, drive carefully. See also 10 Viewpoints of Phuket.

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Phuket Big Buddha Map




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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

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