Connected to the mainland by a short causeway, the Big Buddha Temple has long been one of the most popular cultural attractions and major landmarks since being built in 1972. The temple is also a site to a number of Buddhist festivals throughout the year and extends a warm welcome to visitors who wish to submerge in its serene atmosphere.
The Big Buddha Temple is located on its own island and is about 3km away from the Koh Samui International Airport, and about the same distance from the Bophut beach.
When to visit
One of the best times to visit the temple is early morning when travellers can catch the sunrise and surround themselves in the glistening glow of the golden Buddha towering 12 meters above the ground. In order to avoid difficulties, reserve your stay at a Koh Samui resort the likes of Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas prior to your stay.
The posture in which Buddha is depicted sitting is called the Mara posture. The left-hand rests on the lap of the sitting statue, palm facing upwards, while the right-hand hangs over the knee, with fingers touching the ground. The moment captured here is an illustration of purity and steadfastness. As per history, this is where the Mara – a devil – attempted to seduce Buddha by forcing temptation upon Him to prevent Him from attaining enlightenment.
What to wear
A general rule of thumb is your shoulders and knees must be covered – whether male or female – and covered ankles are preferred. Make sure you wear slip-on, and not laced shoes as you have to take your shoes off before entering the temple.
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