The Big Buddha of Samui is one of the most impressive landmarks in Koh Samui and can be seen distinctly whether you arrive by plane from the north or by boat from the south.
A 12 Metre Golden Image
The Buddha image was constructed in 1972 and stands at 12 metres tall. The name “Wat Phra Yai” means Big Buddha and is a vast temple complex that is situated in a small island by the name of Koh Farn which is connected with Koh Samui by a causeway. There are several Koh Samui hotels in the region that you can quickly visit the temple from.
Subduing Mara Posture
The depiction of Buddha in Wat Phra Yai is according to the subduing Mara pose that is said to symbolise the Buddha not giving in to the temptations thrown at him by Mara the demon.
The Temple Grounds
The temple grounds have various stalls selling clothes and other such souvenir items as well as a meditation centre. You can visit the temple if you take a very short drive from a local resort like Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort.
You can also get your fortune predicted at the temple grounds by telling them the date and time of your birth. The temple is visited by many Buddhist pilgrims praying for happiness, health and wealth.