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Both the massive scale of the cross-legged Buddha statue and the views over Phuket from its base are staggering. The Buddha is 46 metres tall and 24 metres across. The stunning 360-degree views over the white sand beaches of Kata and Karon, Chalong Bay, and parts of Phuket Town are the best on the island. This is a place of worship and a sanctuary where you’ll see praying monks and hear dharma music, all adding to the special ambience of this location.
After the devastating tsunami at the end of 2004, an ambitious project to build this symbol of hope began. It was funded entirely by donations. The Buddha’s body is covered in layers of sparkling marble which is inscribed with messages of hope and love from those who donated to the cause. There’s a small museum on the way in where you can read about the history of the project and pick up souvenirs, donation boxes and, occasionally, see a religious ceremony going on. Ascend the set of stairs located here to get to the base of the statue, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views.
There are actually two Buddha statues on the site and both are free to access. The second statue standards at only 12 metres tall and is made from brass. It’s dedicated to the Queen of Thailand, whereas the Big Buddha is dedicated to the King.
Although the crowds are smaller in the morning, consider timing your visit for the end of the day—watching the sun going down over the water is a truly memorable experience.
This local landmark is easy to access, in a breath-taking journey as part of a tour or by taxi. The trip takes about half an hour from Phuket Town and there are plenty of signposts along the way. Energetic visitors will want to soak up the panorama that gradually comes into view on the 5.6-kilometre hike up the hill through lush rainforest. When you reach the top, treat your taste buds to some delicious seafood at the Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant, which combines great food with spectacular views.
Get the most out of your time at Big Buddha. Below is a list of some of the best activities:
Trying a Phuket Discovery Tour with Big Buddha & Floating Market will make your visit to this celebrated attraction a memorable event!
For more activities, take a look at our Phuket things to do page.
Situated in Karon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Karon hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach and Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Patong Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Market and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Karon resort is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Kata Beach and Karon Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Patong Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Karon hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dino Park Mini Golf, Kata Beach, and Kata Porpeang Market. Kata Noi Beach and Karon Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Karon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market. Kata Noi Beach and Karon Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Karon hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).