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Pattaya Big Buddha

Thai name : วัดพระใหญ่

GPS : 12.91447266,100.86851478 (See on the map)


Located on Khao Phra Tamnak the small hill between South Pattaya and Jomtien, the Big Buddha (or Phra Yai in Thai) wwas builtin 1977 when the city was still a quiet little fishing village. Called Phra Buddha Sukhothai Walai Chonlathan but also known as Luang Pho Yai It is the largest of Its kind in the Chonburi Province with 18 meters high. It is far from 95 meters high of the statue of Wat Muang in Ang Thong which remains until today the highest Buddha statue in Thailand. A long stairway flanked by two golden colored naga snakes leads to the main statue. From up there, the view is unfortunately not so clear.
Just before the Big Buddha temple, there is a Chinese Temple, Wang Sam Sien. It stands after Chaloem Phrakiat Park and an esplanade where during high season yoga classes are held in the morning.

Practical information about Pattaya Big Buddha

No admission fee
The bravest ones will access the temple by feet by going to the end of South Pattaya and beginning the ascent of the hill on Phra Tamnak Road the keep going through the Chaloem Phrakiat Park, in front of the office of the Tourist Police (it is quicker than following the road). Otherwise, it is possible to get there by motorcycle taxi or songthaew.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Pattaya Big Buddha 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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