Set at the edge of the rocky beach of Bang Kao, the golden Laem Sor Pagoda is one of Koh Samui’s less visited treasures. Laem Sor Pagoda is located in the South Western corner of Koh Samui just past the village of Bang Kao and travellers in search of a popular Samui resort from which to embark on their tours should look to none other than the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa. Offering guests tranquil surroundings and a plethora of healing spa treatments this reputed establishment is one of the finest rests in all of Koh Samui.
The Laem Sor Pagoda owes its golden appearance to its yellow colored tiles which makes the pagoda appear golden from a distance. The pagoda looks best during the morning hours when the sun’s rays hit its yellow tiles giving it a golden radiance.
Two large and colorful giants, each holding a large sword, guard the entrance to the Laem Sor Pagoda and the golden colored Buddha statue behind it. The Boat Hall on the other hand is surrounded by glass walls and is located only a hundred meters away from the pagoda. Housing the wax figure of the monk who built the pagoda the venue is a serene enclosure worthy of exploration. The wax figure is enclosed inside the boat which was once used by the revered monk to serve as a potent reminder of the temple’s humble beginnings. Locals flock to pray to this highly revered monk in hopes of having their wishes come true. If their wishes are granted, the pilgrims purchase a small replica of the boat and place it inside the larger vessel.
As one of two pagodas belonging to the Wat Laem Sor temple complex Laem Sor Pagoda is a cultural as well as a religious attraction. The Wat Laem Sor temple however is located slightly away and out-of-sight from the pagoda in a serene forest like setting. The Khao Chedi Pagoda is located on a hill to the west of Laem Sor and is white in color. It is a bit of a climb; however, the scene from the summit is unparalleled. The pagoda is busiest during Buddhist holidays as locals assemble to pay respect to the Buddha.
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