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Visit Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) (Koh Samui)

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Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai)

Thai name : วัดพระใหญ่

GPS : 9.570938,100.059847 (See on the map)
Koh Samui
Koh Samui
Koh Samui


This recent temple attracts visitors mostly for its huge Buddha. Located shortly before the airport, you can see it from the window when you arrive or leave Koh Samui by air. A big staircase whose railings are naga (mythical snakes) leads to the platform where the statue is seated. Architecture and the Buddha statue itself are nothing compared to older and historic monuiments of the North of Thailand but it's still interesting to see.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai) is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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