Radiating serenity, the Big Buddha statue sits at Wat Phra Yai, on a small island at the Northeastern boundary of Koh Samui. Located at a convenient distance from many popular accommodation options including Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, the statue is of 12-meters in height and is plated gold.
Built in 1972, the Big Buddha sits in Mara posture, where the palm of the left-hand rests on the lap while the right-hand faces down, with fingers hanging over the knee. The posture is from Buddha’s defeat of the temptations and dangers thrust upon Him by the Maara – literally “the Devil” – during His journey to achieve enlightenment. Buddhists find this posture to demarcate steadfastness, purity and enlightenment.
Leading to the courtyard from the base of the platform of the statue is a colourful staircase designed like a dragon. The Wat and the statue are visited by hundreds of devotees every day, where they make offerings of fruits, flowers and light incense at the base of the statues. Tourists are welcome to be a part of these rituals, which would provide them with an insight into the beautiful culture of the locals.
The statue is found in the middle of a courtyard, adjacent to which a vendor area, too, is found. Amulets, religious artefact, clothing and souvenirs are sold here – so one will be spoiled for choice for a memorabilia. Plenty of food stalls and small restaurants around the area ensures that no visitor is hungry or parched.
The Big Buddha statue is such a popular destination that one would be hard pressed to find a piece of beach that is not occupied by a Samui beach resort. As the area gets overcrowded during temple festivities, it is best to check your arrival days in advance, for one should not miss the opportunity to pay a visit to the Wat, whose serene Buddha statue beckons the traveller as they fly into Samui.
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