• Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui


Big Buddha Thailand

A fitting tribute to the sacred, spiritual Buddha, this epic golden statue stands at an impressive 12 metres tall and towers above the rocky outcrop on which it has sat in the meditative Mara posture since 1972. 

One of Koh Samui's most famous sites 

The golden Buddha of Wat Phra Yai is arguably Koh Samui’s defining landmark, and the encapsulation of the Thai way of life. Its cross-legged stance, right palm facing downwards and left facing up, is the embodiment of purity and illumination. Visitors are invited to share in this grand, sacred place at any time of the day, however for a truly special experience be sure to arrive in the early morning hours when locals bring offerings of food, light incense, and chant songs of praise at its base.

A striking and colourful staircase leads up to the statue from a bustling courtyard of stalls and vendors below, lined on both sides by a dragon design that adds to the drama of the ascent. Once up here, you’ll  gaze out on the world below, enjoying the esteemed company of the giant Buddha and feeling at one with this most sought after island landscape.

Top Tips from our Experts


Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

"Get to the temple for sunrise, as this is when local Buddhists gather to light incense and give offerings to the statue, adding to the atmosphere.”


Destination Specialist

"It truly is a majestic place all year round but, for that added sense of majesty, it is especially recommended to visit during Loi Kratong (The Festival of Light) and Songkran (Thai New Year).”