Known for its famed full moon parties, the island of Koh Phangan lies tucked away in the Gulf of Thailand and offers an idyllic escape where having fun in the sun, sand and surf is a way of life. This breathtakingly beautiful destination has much to offer and intrepid travellers exploring the island will find much to see, do and experience. For a bit of culture one should definitely look to visit Kuan Yin Shrine which provides an insight into the traditions and beliefs of the people, not to mention stunning panoramic vistas too.
Located on the mountain road that leads to Chaloklum Village, this Chinese Temple was built in honour of Kuan Yin who is considered the Goddess of Mercy. Known to represent compassion and kindness, Kuan Yin is worshipped by both Buddhists and Taoists especially by farmers, fishermen and merchants.
As visitors explore the Kuan Yin Shrine compound they will come across several sites of interest. The main structure showcases Chinese style design and is where one can see an ornate statue of the goddess Kuan Yin. One will also find two other buildings at the site which are used for various purposes including being an activity hall. Outdoors one will also find a statue of a smiling Buddha looking out across to the sea. One of the most striking features of the site is the breathtaking vistas that provide magnificent views of Chaloklum Bay.
The Kuan Yin Shrine is visited annually not just by locals, but Chinese and Thais from all around the country. On your visit you may see devotees offering fruits and vegetables to the goddess while they also worship and chant her name. Once the day is done, the temple is lit up, making it a shining beacon of light in the night.
Those in search of Koh Phangan hotels or resorts from which to base themselves at and from which to head to such attractions can consider Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa. It is one of the leading Koh Phangan resorts and features luxurious accommodation and the very best in contemporary comforts and conveniences which help make for a truly memorable stay.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.