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  • Address: Highway 4171
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Apart from the beaches, Koh Samui’s distinctive icon is the golden Big Buddha Temple - or Wat Phra Yai - visible above the red-tiled rooftops on the island’s north coast.

The 12 meter (40 foot) Buddha statue is visible from several kilometers away, and even from an airplane if you’re arriving or departing by air.

The temple, shops and restaurants cluster at the base of the statue, and ceremonial stairs lead up to the top for terrific island views.

Practical Info

The Big Buddha Temple is near the airport, on Koh Samui’s north-east coast.

The temple sits on a hill at the end of a causeway at the eastern end of Hat Bang Rak (Big Buddha Beach).

Tours & Tickets

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Koh Samui Island Tour including Lunch and Thai Massage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

From USD $80.12

Koh Samui Round Island Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $27.87

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