Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple

Currently Open [Closes at 11:45 pm]
  • Address: 4171, Bo Put, Ko Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 11:45 pm Details
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Monument, Statue, Restaurant, Specialty Shop

About Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple, Ko Samui

Big Buddha is most popular attraction in Samui, many tourist come to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this remarkable statue at some point during their holiday. Visible from several kilometers away and even from the air when arriving on or leaving the island, the 12 meter tall golden image stands proud.

At the base of the structure, several shops and restaurants cater to the needs of devotees and tourists alike.

Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple Information

  • Temple is open on all days.
  • It is a religious place, so try to keep intact the sanctity of the place and make way for the local devotees.
  • Since this is a sacred place, polite dress and conduct is a must. Be sure to wear shirts or scarves that cover the shoulders, trousers or long shorts, and avoid wearing beachwear.
  • Donations are appreciated.

How To reach Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple by Public Transport

  • Hired Taxi

Restaurants Near Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple

  • Antica Locanda
  • Samui Pier Restaurant
  • Dancing crab restaurant

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Things to Know Before Visiting Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple

  • 95% of people who visit Ko Samui include Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple in their plan

  • 44.59% of people start their Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

91.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple

People normally club together Chaweng Beach and Wat Plai Laem while planning their visit to Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple.

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Wat Phra Yai Or The Big Buddha Temple, Ko Samui Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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