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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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4.0 of 5 stars 1,056 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

We went there just on the way to the airport (as we didn't have time before) and it's good to do that before while you're in Samui. Maybe it's not the most stunning place in the world, but quite pleasant, colourful and not as bad as some other reviews suggest. Of course, there are some shops and souvenir sellers, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

This is interesting to see, however when you climb all the steps to the top there is not much up there. The area around the big Buddah has shops and stalls which are nice to see. Don't stress if you can't make this trip!

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Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Art Gallery found at the back of the Big Buddha market. The whole family is exceptionally talented and we commissioned a painting which was prepared in 3 days. The family is very friendly and the painting will take pride of place in our home

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Wow! That's the word to describe this place! Stunning place. The walk to the top is not long and when you get to the top, you feel as if Big Buddha is actually looking at you. The monk also blesses you with good luck! A truly beautiful place!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

nice lil place for clickin snaps ...clean & fuss free ... nothing much to do apart from taking a quick stroll around ...

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Having visited a lot of the temples (wats) around Thailand especially Bangkok ( which are beautiful), this has got to be a poor imitation and definitely more in line with a cheap seaside attraction. It's tacky and run down, with people hawking food and cheap Nik naks every where. Not been disrespectful , have a look but don't get to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Came here in December and even though the weather was grey and horrible the statue was shining. I want to add that the area setting is brilliant with grand views across the bay. Don't expect too much though, I have found during this visit that temples and shrines are pretty much the same everywhere. This one has some nice shops... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Quick visit for a few photos to prove that you were there. It was pouring on our visit so nothing much to enjoy. Be prepared to climb the stairs and strictly no sleeveless tops... You will be made to cover yourself with their disgusting scarf. Best wear a tee or bring your own scarf.

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

went on a round the island tour so only had about 30mins stop. had a walk around and rang all the bells, people were very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Simply stunning what more can I say we cramped a lot in on one day . It was a great day out worth every penny.

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