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Wat Phra Yai, known in English as the Big Buddha Temple, is a Buddhist temple on Ko Phan (also spelled Koh Fan or Koh Faan), a small island offshore from the northeastern area of Ko Samui, Thailand, connected to that island by a short causeway 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) north of Samui International Airport. As its name indicates, it is home to a giant, 12-metre-high (39-foot) gold-painted Buddha statue. Since being built in 1972, it has become one of Ko Samui's main tourist attractions and a major landmark.
When on Koh Samui, it's almost impossible not to visit Big Buddha. It is very close to the airport and easy to get to with a motorbike. There are multiple souvenir shops and restaurants around the temple. This allows to spread out the time on site should it be crowded. While I was there, it was quite calm and I enjoyed the Buddha, calmness and the view around. You should also walk to the opposite end of the island where there are some more statues close to the water. Probably very impressive when processions or celebrations are held. After stopping here, take a left turn on exit and also visit Wat Plai Laem.
Amazing views, the staff are very kind and helpful. They provided us with free gowns to cover our shoulders. Lots of shake stalls around. There was a monk that blessed you for free but donations are welcomed.
Wonderful place, a big example of thai culture. There is also a monk, who will "bless you" if you give him some small amount of money. Only negative thing is very very poor toilets /you have to flush with the water from the barrel/ and many homeless dogs around, it is a big problem in Koh Samui in general.
The Wat is very nice. I give it three stars because outside they have way to many shops. This is a typical tourist trap.
The temple itself is very nice, but there is so much tourists who throw their trash down on the sides. It is very touristic. Scooter parking is free and it is easy to access.
Beautifully built and definitely worth a look. It did feel more like a tourist attraction than a spiritual temple.
An iconic landmark on the island, it is a must-see for anyone doing a tour of the island. If you feel adventurous you can rent a scooter and drive there. I had a bit of trouble finding the place with my bad sense of direction but luckily the locals were incredibly friendly and helpful. It is worth the journey and really will be a peaceful, serene visit.
Must see while on Ko Samui. Beautiful area and nice drive to get there from the west side of the island. Lots of vendors and little shops that are nice to stop in. Pancake cart in front of the Big Buddha was amazing!!
There is some sea statues that are nice to look at. There is a nice selection of stalls to look around and the Buddha itself was nice with great views from the top. There is a little taxi rank on site which makes the return journey or the next part of your journey easier
Very touristy... Interesting to spend an hour or so, to see and take in the views. Plae Laem Temple a few minutes up the road about a kilometer is much more interesting IMO ! But it's almost a "must see" on Samui... the area behind has some good views of the bay.
Nice temple with panoramic view to the north coast of Samui. Surrounded by neat shops, restaurants and cafés. Easy access and free shoals to cover your legs appropriately.
Serene and peaceful... Surrounded by water on all sides. It's mandatory to have your shoulders covered as a sign of respect , however appropriate shorts & skirts are still allowed. No entry fee is charged and is definitely worth a visit.