Phuket Big Buddha

Attraction Karon, Phuket, Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 07:30 PM
08:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Phuket Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai is houses the largest Buddha statue in Phuket which situated atop Khao Nak Koet.

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Why Phuket Big Buddha is special ?

Phuket Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai is houses the largest Buddha statue in Phuket which situated atop Khao Nak Koet. Mingmongkol Buddha Image sitting serenely in the meditating posture between Karon and Chalong which overlooks Chalong Bay and 360 degree spectacular panoramic views of Phuket, the islands and the Andaman Sea.

The temple was created with the help of Wat Kitti Sangkharam (Wat Kata) as part of the forestation project. The views back over Phuket are amazing, as is the incredible statue itself. You can buy souvenir there , too. If you are lucky, you can get blessed by a Monk You should get there before sunset and it is a really special experience.

There is a quad bike/ dune buggy place near the big buddha. Go there and get them to take you on the Buddha/ jungle tour! Watch out for monkeys, and there are some elephant tours on the way up the mountain.

What to explore at Phuket Big Buddha?

The first image of the Buddha has been completed for some time now. It is a 22 tons of brass that stands at 12 meters high and cost 8 million baht to create. This Buddha is dedicated to HM Queen Sirikit.

The second image is a 45 meter high, 25 meter wide giant Buddha that is the prominent sight to see. Once completed, it will be completely covered in 135 tons of Burmese white marble. The statue is estimated to cost around 30 million baht once complete. The official name of the Big Buddha of Phuket is Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha and will be the largest Buddha image in all of Thailand. It is dedicated to HM King Bhumibol in celebration of his 80th birthday.

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.

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.


How to get to Phuket Big Buddha?

  1. From Phuket Town on Chaofa Nok Road and beyond Chalong Temple distanced by 800 m., you can turn right to Soi Yodsanae (distanced by 6 km. driving up to the mount), Chalong Sub-district, Mueang District, Phuket Province.
  2. From Chalong Junction Distanced by 1 km. from Chalong junction on Chaofa Nok Road, you can turn left to Soi Yodsanae (distanced by 6 km. driving up to the mount), Chalong Sub-district, Mueang District, Phuket Province.


Selling points

  • A wonderful place with terrific atmosphere
  • Wonderful view and nice project
  • Peaceful place with perfect views
  • Spiritual experience in Thailand
  • Calming and serene place
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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to give donation.
  • There's a stall selling bronze/gold plated bell. Buy one if you plan to make a wish as you can hang them at the bodhi tree at the top.
  • There is a souvenir shop there where you can buy reminders of your trip and monies go towards materials to complete this spectacular edifice
  • If you want to catch the sunset from one of Thailand's best spots, try to be there before 18:30
    Things to do
  • If you like to bring something special from here, you can ask the monk to bless you and he will put a special bracelet made by them
    Things to do
  • Watch out for monkeys and there are some elephant tours on the way up the mountain
    Things to do
  • You can be forced to buy some products.
  • There is a quad bike/ dune buggy place near the big buddha. Go there and get them to take you on the Buddha/ jungle tour
  • Be sure to stop by the coconut ice cream booth before you leave
  • You should take a photo below is the back of the Buddha, you will get the great photos
  • Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant is located near the Big Buddha and is a nice place to chill out after visiting the site. The food there is reasonable in terms of taste and price and the view, of course, is wonderful.
  • Avoid beachwear, short skirts and T-shirts with offensive texts or images. If you feel you have dressed a little too daringly for a religious site you can always ask for a sarong to cover up with from the site centre, free of charge.
    What to wear
  • You shouldn't come there on the rainy day.
  • There is no internal staircase to go up into his head and look out the eyes.
  • To avoid the heat and the tourist crowds it’s best to go early in the morning or late afternoon
  • Do not come here on weekend or public holiday. Really crowed and very hot
  • The road to Nakkerd Hills is in good condition, most parts are newly built but it has many curves and some steep climbs. Some young tourists enjoy hiking up, even though it usually takes them over an hour to reach the top.
  • Female visitors should remember to cover their shoulders with the complimentary scarves that can be borrowed, as a sign of respect.
  • There is no fee to visit the Big Buddha of Phuket, although donations are encouraged and gladly accepted.
  • You should bring a hat and shoes to climb the stairs.
    What to bring
  • 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


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Enermous statue of Buddha and lots of smaller statues. Nice viewpoint. Free to visit, but there are a lot of things you might want to buy, like souvenirs or participating in some religuous rituals. Still under construction, and noone can say when will be completed.

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Incredible 360 view with a touch of the divine, both material reality and metaphysical reality is combined at this famous Phuket landmark. My husband and I visited Big Buddha early March 2015. We used a local taxi service who was more than happy to wait for us as we took around an hour to view the whole site. Big Buddha sits at the highest point on Phuket Island so the drive up the hill is long and winding but gives one an opportunity to see vistas, traditional and modern housing as well as stop at the numerous outdoor cafes, restaurants and elephant rides.On entry ladies are asked to have wraps over their shoulders, bare arms and bare legs in respect to the resident Buddhist monks and Buddhist faith tenets. The light cotton wraps are supplied free of charge. The site has three separate levels and anyone who has difficulty climbing stairs and slopes may have problems. There are numerous notice boards with explanatory information about the site and Buddhism which were extremely interesting and helpful. It is worth the time it takes to read these - they are in Thai and English. This first area also has a few market stalls selling local refreshments.The next level contains sacred statues, the site plans, souvenir stalls, stalls selling brass bells and marble tiles which help with funding the temple construction and then a shrine area where one of the resident monks blesses visitors. Then there is a 5-10 minute climb up well built stairs to the Big Buddha Temple and the spectacular view.The Big Buddha towers over the landscape and is surrounded by numerous small golden Buddhas. The temple is still under construction but the visitor can go into the temple and view the monks chanting and performing their ceremonies. We could have spent longer taking time to read the notices and just enjoying the view. This temple site is well worth the visit.

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Great views of surrounding area and a giant buddha too.plenty of photo options . Some history and reading provided to teach you about the buddha and thai history.l liked it plus a good get away from the tourist trap beach areas.

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The Big Buddha located in one of the hills of Phuket. We went as part of our city tour with Mari Tour Thailand. The Big Buddha has been finished, but the area surrounding the Buddha hasn't been finished yet. The Buddha was built with White Marble from Burma (Myanmar). The view from the Hill was great. You could see Phi - Phi Island and Phang Nga Bay from there. The scenery was great. You should go if you are in Phuket.

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