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Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)

Address: Ko Fan, Bophut, Ko Samui, Thailand
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Bophut
Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Orly one temple on island. Very beautifull. You stay one hour if good. No restaurant around. It ´s not a attraction during one day

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Long buckby
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Well yes there is a giant Buddha...but really, it's got little to do with religion, its a tourist trap selling tourist crap, avoid, don't encourage this irreverence. Mainland, there's signs everywhere telling you not to abuse Buddha by buying images, ornaments etc...here ...anything goes....not impressed

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Nice as its right next to the sea, but I found the one in Phuket is better :) You can visit if you are in Samui!!

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Kent
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This Buddha is not very well looked after but worth seeing. It costs nothing. In the area there are a few nice shops, ice cream parlours and a lovely bar at the beginning of the pier called Sunset.

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Milton Keynes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We felt we should go and have a look at a Temple whilst in Thailand and this one was the easiest to get to for us. Cannot compare as no others seen. A little run down in places but entry free so we have no complaints

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We rode our hired scooters using Google Maps and found this beautiful place. Make sure you eat at the restaurant just outside the main gate of the Big Buddha Temple (it's not the BBC restaurant, its the smaller one beside it and has the most stunning view!)

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Yalikavak, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Visited the Big Buddha Temple on a sunny day just after the New Year. It's tranquil even with the shops clustered at the bottom, several of which had a fine selection of shirts at reasonable prices. Even from the bottom of the steps the statue is worth admiring, so even the less mobile would find it well worth the visit.... More 

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The whole family, adults and kids liked the place, the Big Buddha was impresive and the children could ring the bells and wish something, they liked it and didn't miss a bell. not easy to climb up but recommended to do so.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great little temple with a stunning giant Buddha at the top of a long flight of steps, we have visited here many times over the years and despite the commercial shops and cafes at the bottom it is peaceful at the top with bells to ring and great views over the surrounding sea areas. Work still seems... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The Big Buddha was the nearest attraction to our resort, so we very often went close to have dinner, but on the last day we finally went to see the Big Buddha - to say hello until the next time. It's nice and peaceful

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