Phuket’s most famous landmark…Big Buddha.
Big Buddha sits proudly on top of The Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata (and you most certainly would be) if you took the hour-long walk to the top but you would enjoy the most breathtaking scenery on the way up to see Big Buddha.
How to Find Big Buddha:
The road up to Big Buddha is steep and winding, you can either hire a quad bike or just drive passing Elephants at work and little Thai restaurants with the most amazing views. We normally stop to eat on our way down and just marvel at the beauty of the views as we sit, relax and eat the most amazing Thai food.
Is Big Buddha..Phuket’s most famous and revered landmark?
Most would say yes… Some 45 meters tall and 25 meters across it can be viewed from many parts of the island..sitting proud atop the hill.
As you pass through the covered walkway to the stairs to reach the top you will see a monk who gives you a blessing and a string bracelet for a small donation. You will see many people wearing these bracelets as you travel around Thailand.
There are also a few stalls selling creams and potions. The mosquito cream is excellent whenever I visit I always buy a jar.
Calm and peaceful the only sound is soft tinkling bells and the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags with soft dharma music in the background.
Made from concrete with beautiful Burmese white Jade marble layers..it’s shimmers in the sunlight.
A symbol of hope…
The full name is Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha.
The building of this fabulous monument is entirely funded by donations. The marble plaques and slabs which are part of the construction of Big Buddha have personal messages, purchased for loved ones or in their memory. Golden bells gently chime in the breeze again purchased in memory of loved ones and tell many a story. It is certainly a work of art and many other beautiful statues adorn the base and surrounding area of Big Buddha.
As construction is still underway and will be for a few more years there is always something new every time we visit. It doesn’t, however, distract from the beauty and peace of the place though we always take our visitors there. Oh and take your walking shoes because once you arrive there are lots of steps to reach the top… no lifts here. But you can take a breather on the way and it is well worth the climb for the views alone.
From the top of the hill, you get a magnificent 360-degree view of the island of Phuket. You can see the three big bays and if you stand directly in front of Big Buddha you will see the bay of Chalong. When the weather is clear then you can see all the way to Phrang Nga Bay. If you walk around to the terrace then you will be able to see Kata Bay and Kata Noi Bay. If like us, you stop on the way down for some food and to take more pictures you will get a good panorama of Karon Bay.
When you visit please make sure your shoulders and legs above the knee are covered to show respect. If your clothing is not suitable however a shawl will be given to you at the gate. Absolutely no bare shoulders or too much leg is allowed.
All these photographs are mine taken by myself. If you wish to use any then please ask for my permission first.