Big Buddha

Big Buddha in Thailand
Sitting on top of the Nakkerd Hills, a 45 meter gigantic statue of Buddha invites people from far away places. Phuket’s Big Buddha, as it is fondly known, is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. The views from the top of the hill which lies between Chalong and Kata bay are breathtaking.

There is an interesting story behind choosing this spot for making this statue which I will tell you some other time. 🙂

Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha in full, the base itself is 25 meters. The whole body is layered with beautiful white Burmese marble that shines in the sun, gives a tranquil white glow making it a natural symbol of hope and peace. The complex is still under construction for some parts of it.

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The glow of white marbled Buddha.

The locale is very peaceful and the only noises one can hear are the tinkling of small bells, resonating sounds of singing bowl or bell and soft dharma music which continuously plays in the background.

I have recorded many videos of the place but at present just do not have time to go through them.
Apologies, apologies. 🙂

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Sitting atop a hill.

On any afternoon a small group of Thais and foreign tourists can be seen receiving blessings from the monks in the large meditation hall…. a familiar peaceful scene to anyone living in Thailand but for visitors like us it reveals the contemplative, tender side of Thai culture not always visible in the known tourist areas.

A guided sightseeing tour of Phuket, Thailand may not take you there, so include it if you want to have some breathtaking views of Andaman Sea and some introspection time for yourself in Phuket.

The sun had already hidden by the time we reached there. And it was almost dark by the time we finished relishing the view of Chalong bay and its lights.

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Can you see the statue as it is visible from our hotel?

The road to Nakkerd Hills is supposed to be in good condition. It’s another thing that we had a different comical experience. Most parts are newly built or being built and it has many curves and some steep climbs.

Well, up there is it all quiet & peaceful but how we reached there was quite the opposite. Yelling, crying, cursing and laughing…. The full anecdote is published here in Vagabundo Magazine.

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4 thoughts on “Big Buddha

  1. Extremely beautiful. Perhaps to fall in line, our people are erecting taller statues of Lord Shiva at many places. I feel like clubbing them together and making out a post some day.

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