South Phuket’s Big Buddha is hard to miss. It’s one of the most impressive landmarks on the island, attracting thousands of visitors each year who come to see it up close and personal.
Read on for a history of Phuket’s most famous statue and how it came into existence below:
History of the Big Buddha
Though it now has worldwide tourist attraction status, the Big Buddha statue has humble origins. The idea for the statue came to be after a group of enterprising friends observed the beautiful panoramic views from the future statue’s location. A Buddha statue in its place seemed to be the ideal combination: a symbol of peace, a tourist attraction for island – all topped off with a fantastic view.
The idea fast gained traction thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web, with people donating from all over the world after the project gained traction online. A high price at 30 million baht, but a price worth spending in the end.
Tips for Visitors
Situated on the peak of mount Nagakerd overlooking the scenic district of Chalong, the Big Buddha statue is easily accessible from different parts of the island – with ample parking for cars and mopeds alike.
From here, you can enjoy the beautifully designed surroundings of the sculpture, find out more about it in the adjacent history museum and grab a bite at the Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant.
The Big Buddha is undoubtedly a must visit for anyone lucky enough to find themselves in Phuket – and the 360 degree views make it more than the worth the trek.