Along with keeping the body healthy, it should be our duty to keep our soul strong. Come to the Big Buddha Phuket to strengthen your soul and mind. If you are in Phuket, Thailand, and wishes to have a 360-degree view of the southern part of Phuket along with the sighting of Kata beach, Karon beach, Chalong Bay, then Big Buddha is the right place.
Located at the six-kilometer distance from Phuket's Chaofa road West and just 2 km from Chalong Circle, this place is on the peak of Mount Nagakerd in the sub-district of Karon. The height and width of the statue are 45M and 25.45M respectively. The whole statue is made up of Burmese jade marble.
This place is dedicated to Lord Gautam Buddha, the founder of the Buddhism religion. The Buddha status shows, the lord Gautam in sitting position. The Status is 45 meters (148 Feet) tall. The construction of this status was begun in the year of 2004 and still, some 80 percent of the project is completed. The whole cost of construction is donations from all around the world.
Created with the cost of approximately 950,000 US dollars, it is in the middle of the National Conserved forest. As it is situated on the hill and in the forest, the view is just mesmerizing from this place. This place is also worshiped by the proponents of the Buddhism religion.
Visiting this place is a lifelong experience but the vast space makes one fully tired. The entry is free and you can spend as much time as you like, it's just a fascinating place, lots of history and you can even get blessed by a monk.
Lots of souvenir options with all proceeds going directly as a donation for the ongoing work. As the place is located on a height, on a hot shinny day, climbing the steps would be more difficult for older people.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Nakaked Sea Restaurant-
It is very famous and located near the Big Buddha and is a nice place to chill out after visiting the place. The price and taste of this restaurant will match the wallet and appetite respectively. The view from the Restaurant is just awesome.
The second must-do thing is hiking up towards the road to Nakkerd Hill. The road is in good condition but some parts are damaged. Climbing on the road is very steep and this makes this place for young tourists to enjoy the hiking. It takes approximately 1 hour to reach the top. As this place is a religious site, it offers lots to religious and spiritual experience. On daily, more than 1000 people visit this place making it a must attraction.
Blessings from the Monks-
You may also get the blessings from the Monks at this place. However, as this place is a religious site, it is advisable not to wear beachwear, short skirts, and t-shirts with offensive texts or images. In the case of you wearing this sort of clothes, you always ask for a sarong, a type of clothes to cover up. It is free of charge.
Samui Boat Lagoon Resort-
Just at the distance of less than 1 Km from the Great Buddha, this place has many things to offer. Great view along with delicious food is the specialty of this hotel.
Kata Ocean View by Risa-
This hotel is situated at the Kata beach and having a very good bar facility. Dino Park Mini Golf is 2.7 km from the apartment, while Surf House Phuket is 2.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Phuket is 44 km from Kata Ocean View by Risa.
The One Cozy Vacation Residence-
This hotel offers spacious air-conditioned rooms feature a living room with a 32-inch LCD TV and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests at the Vacation Residence can lounge by the pool or play billiards. The Cozy One offers motorcycle rentals.
No guide is needed to visit the Big Buddha in Phuket. Plenty of hotels are available around this place. You should always go to this place with full of energy. As the place is very big, and visiting so many places nearby takes time, energy and time both are required. Go and fill yourself with religion along with Thai culture and spirituality.