Phuket Big Buddha
In the south of Phuket lies an iconic religious landmark known as the Phuket Big Buddha, a 45-metre marble statue that looks like a steward of South Phuket.
Majestically towering at the top of the Nakkerd Hills, the Phuket Big Buddha is one of the most visited and most revered tourist destinations in all of Thailand. This statue is a testament to the importance of Buddhism in Thai history, even in Thai daily life. This gigantic symbol of man-made artistry was built in 2004 and stands proudly at 45 metres in stature. Known among the Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, this magnificent spectacle is layered with immaculate Burmese white jade marble that both the sun and night lights amplify at any given time. Interestingly, this is also one of the few tourist spots in Thai where you won’t hear the noise of commotion, only the soft dharma music and the sounds of nature – a truly refreshing and awe-inspiring destination.
The Phuket Big Buddha is located in Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West Rd., Chalong, Phuket Town, Phuket 83100, Thailand.
Opening Days and Hours
The Phuket Big Buddha is open daily from 8:00 to 19:30.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the Phuket Big Buddha is completely free both for local and foreign visitors.
How to Get There
- Fly from Bangkok to Phuket via AirAsia.
- From the airport, board a taxi to city centre.
- From the city centre, you can board a songthaew or a taxi to the Soi Dog Foundation.
- Solo travellers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Phuket Big Buddha is during the morning, preferably 8:00 to 10:00, and around 17:00 when you can see stunning sunset views.
The White Tree Restaurant, The Old Maikhao Restaurant, Sand Box Restaurant and Bar, Somerset Restaurant, Sunshine’s Steak, and NooNit Kitchen are just some of the dining options to try near Phuket Big Buddha.
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For accommodations, you can check out Ritsurin Boutique Hotel, Xinlor House, Eat n Sleep, Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel, Karnvela Phuket, The Besavana Hotel, and Vapa Hotel. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 75.