Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple) - KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

Big Buddha Temple sits on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s northeastern corner, Thailand. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre-tall seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions. Set on Koh Faan, Big Buddha temple is reached by a causeway that connects it to the main island. 

The Big Buddha statue can be seen at a distance of several kilometres and is often the first landmark people see when arriving in Samui by air. The pose of the Buddha statue is a symbol of steadfastness, purity and enlightenment.