The Big Buddha of Phuket
The Big Buddha of Phuket sits perched upon one of the highest points of Southern Phuket, always watching over the island. It is a constant symbol of Phuket Island that can be seen from just about everywhere in the south part of the island. Whether you actively notice it or not, it is one of the few constant presences in the lives of those who call Phuket home. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that it is also one of the biggest tourist draws on the island.
The Big Buddha was a grand endeavor from the get go and as it becomes more complete with each passing day, so do the plans become grander in scope. What was once to be two separate images of the lord Buddha with an initial cost of 150 million Thai Baht (around $5 million US Dollars), has expanded to include many extra buildings and a now proposed parking facility. This is all funded by charitable donations from around the world. So long as the donations keep coming in, the plans will likely keep getting bigger and bigger.
The first image of the Buddha is made of 22 tons of brass at a cost of 8 million Thai Baht. This 12 meter high image was dedicated to HM Queen Sirikit.
The second, much larger statue which gives the site it’s name, is an astounding 45 meters tall by 25 meters wide at it’s base. The entire structure is covered in approximately 135 tons of white Burmese marble. At a cost of 30 million Thai Baht, it is the largest image of the Buddha in all of Thailand and was dedicated to HM King Bhumibol to commemorate his 80th birthday.
Everyday hundreds of tourists flock to the site of the Big Buddha to witness the grand creation and to take advantage of the photo opportunities that the site presents. From the east side of the statue, one can see all the way south to Rawai and as far north as Phuket Town. From the west, you can see most of the major towns and popular beaches that make Phuket famous.
Temple Dress Code
If you have never been to a Thai temple before, you should know that there is a dress code. This is especially true when it comes to women. Shirts are a must at all times and women must cover their shoulders and wear skirts that come down no shorter than their knees. If you dress is not up to code, there are sarongs that can be borrowed at the entrance.
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