The Big Buddha Temple Koh Samui, locally known as Wat Phra Yai, features a giant 12 metre golden Buddha and is a popular tourist attraction. The temple is located on a small island that is connected to the mainland.
How to get to the Big Buddha Temple Koh Samui
The Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) is located towards the northeast of the island and is easily accessible by car or motorbike. We drove ourselves by scooter from the popular tourist area of Chaweng Beach which took us roughly 20 minutes. You can rent a scooter for as little as 150 Baht per day.
The temple is open daily but there are no specified opening hours for the temple complex. We arrived at 7.30am and the entrance was closed. However, there was a shop owner sitting beside the gate who let us in with no issues.
Entrance fee & dress code
To our surprise there are no entrance fees. When visiting the Big Buddha Temple Koh Samui be sure to dress respectfully. This means no inappropriate or revealing clothing such as short shorts and singlets.
What to expect
The Big Buddha Temple Koh Samui is an incredible religious sight and is a popular attraction on the island. We decided to head there as early as possible to beat the crowds as it can get busy during the day and on weekends. We were able to take photos peacefully as we were the only ones there.
The large 12 metre golden Buddha is located at the top of a staircase which is perfect for photos. At the top you may find some locals offering fruit or flowers and lighting incense as they pray. The courtyard at the top also offers some gorgeous views of the surrounding oceans and beaches. Additionally, around the complex you’ll find vendors selling everything from clothing to souvenirs and even snacks and food.
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