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Koh Samui - Big Buddha Statue and Monastery

Picture of Big Buddha Statue - Koh SamuiThe Big Buddha statue is a prominent landmark off the west side of the northern tip of the Thai island, Koh Samui. The huge Big Buddha statue is actually on a small island known as Ko Phan that is now joined to Koh Samui by a permanent stone causeway.

Picture of the Big Buddha Statue (left)

The Big Buddha Temple virtually takes up the whole of the two acres of Ko Phan Island. The island is situated just off Big Buddha Beach , Koh Samui. Originally the site was a cemetery for children under the age of seven that for local cultural reasons were not cremated in the usual Buddhist fashion.

Big Buddha MonasteryIn 1920 the then chief monk of the main temple in Chaweng, seeing the quiet location of the island started to convert Ko Phan into a monastery. He, the local people and his disciples managed to build a base for a pagoda in about two months but the chief monk suddenly died and the site fell into disrepair.

Shrine at the base of the Big Buddha StatueJust over fifty years later the present chief monk, Phrakru Santinontakoon, a local monk, started the construction of the Big Buddha statue in 1972 when he returned to Koh Samui after studying at the Buddhist University in Bangkok from 1965.

Shrine at the base of the Big Buddha StatueThe reason the monastery is here today is to provide a quiet place for meditation or worship for the local monks, Buddhists and anyone else that is seeking enlightenment.

The Big Buddha and the temple area is open, free of charge, to the general public, but please be aware that this is an important Buddhist site and due respect should be paid to the area. No smoking or loud noises in the area and when you have climbed the long stairway to the effigy of the Lord Buddha you should remove your shoes before leaving the top step.

Statues around the monastery depicting religious and historical stories
There are statues around the monastery depicting religious and historical stories.

View west to Bo Phut Beach and beyondThe Big Buddha watches over Koh Samui and its people. The statue can just be seen from as far away as Bo Phut Beach, with the naked eye, and Maenam Beach with binoculars.


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