The vibrant colours and the architecture of Wat Plai Laem are certainly a sight for sore eyes. The famous temple and its big Buddha statues are a great attraction to visit in Ko Samui to explore ancient architecture. Here’s all you need to know about Wat Plai Laem.
The temple is open from 6 am to 6 pm to all crowds, and in place of an entrance fee, you can give a small donation. Make sure to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders to show respect. Remove footwear and headgear before entering the temple premises. The space has parking for cars and scooters, so you can take a taxi from Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, your cosy and relaxing Samui resort for the night.
You will discover true serenity in this giant temple complex, with a large space between one smiling Buddha and one 18-armed goddess statue. There are intricately designed pillars on each side of the colourful bridge, adding colours to the space. There is a pond where you can feed the fish and turtles for 10 baht.
Importance of the Statues
The Goddess Guanyin is portrayed as an 18-armed statue and is believed to provide protection for sailors and offer blessings for healthy children. Budai Buddha in the temple which is a smiling Buddha statue is known to bring joy and prosperity. You will also find paintings related to Buddhism here with many life lessons to incorporate into your life.