Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country and has a large number of monuments and temples spread across various parts of the country. Even though famous among tourists for various other reasons, the culture of the country also plays a key role in attracting the tourist. One of the islands that’s a famous tourist resort is Koh Samui.
The busiest town in Koh Samui is Chaweng and is a hot spot for visitors. Many a Chaweng resort is filled with the throng of guests and so are the beaches, restaurants and clubs. Accessing most of Koh Samui’s activities and attractions from Chaweng is easy. The highlight of the temples in the island is the Big Buddha statue. One of the resorts that are located in close proximity to it is Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort.
The statue is located on a small rocky island. The 12m tall statue of the seated Buddha was constructed in 1972. The statue can be spotted from miles away and those that descend into Koh Samui by air catch a glimpse of this majestic statue from the skies. The statue is visited by devotees daily and offered flowers, fruits and incense sticks.
Tourist is most welcomed to observe the cultural rituals that take place at various times of the day. The statue is one of Lord Buddha sitting in the Mara position. The temple remains open all day, however for those who want to be a part of the real experience, the ideal time is to visit in the morning when the monks are chanting the prayers.
The base of the statue is home to vendors who sell religious artefacts, souvenirs and clothing. Also around here are food stalls as well as small restaurants which serve snacks to visitors.
Since this is a sacred place visitors are expected to dress and behave in a respectful manner.
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