Located just above Ao Chalong Bay at the summit of the Nakkerd hills sits Big Buddha Phuket, visiting this peak is one of the best things to do in Phuket for shining a light on Thailand’s reverence to its Buddhist roots. Big Buddha Phuket is a colossal seated Buddha statue which was a decade in the making and completed in 2014. Its glowing white marble and stunning vistas makes it one of the island’s most popular Phuket attractions for daytrips with its breathtaking views. The immense Phuket Buddha statue depicts the Lord Buddha in a sitting position, it’s 45 meters (148 feet) tall and 25.45 meters (83.5 feet) wide, made of concrete and covered with Burmese white marble. Big Buddha Phuket faces towards Ao Chalong Bay and is the main Phuket temple Buddha for Wat Kitthi Sankaram (Wat Kata).
From almost anywhere on the south of Phuket Island you can’t miss this Phuket Buddha, one of the Phuket attractions that can be seen for miles. At 45m high, Phuket Big Buddha leaves an imposing impression on visitors to Phuket. As one of the must-do things to do in Phuket, you get a sense of the level of devotion and respect the Thais have while admiring the beauty and craftsmanship of this white marble-covered Phuket Buddha temple. The statue was built almost entirely from donations, both from locals and devotees around the world.
This Phuket Buddha is one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. Its lofty site offers the best 360-degree views of the island, with sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon and Chalong Bay, as well as one of the best Instagram sunset shots imaginable. Let Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort make all the arrangements for you to be there for one of Thailand’s most beautiful sunsets!
There is no fee to visit the statue, but donations are encouraged. There are also opportunities to buy souvenirs and purchase small snacks.
The Big Buddha is accessible by taxi and tuktuk, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort can easily arrange a round-trip for you. The site is also accessible on foot to hikers and bikers willing to make the climb, so if you’re looking for things to do in Phuket that involve getting some exercise, put on your walking shoes and trek up through the lush jungles. From the base of the hiking trail, it’s a brisk 6km winding path up, discovering local flora and fauna along the way.
On a good day, more than 1,000 people visit this Phuket Buddha temple, many donating money for Phuket Big Buddha’s maintenance, and to write messages on purchased items for good luck and in memory of passed-away loved ones.
Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort is the ideal beach resort for all of the scenic and cultural Phuket attractions on the south side of the island. Big Buddha is easily reachable from the hotel via a winding 6-km road leading from Phuket’s main artery route, and is a must-visit island destination.
Open daily from 8am to 7.30pm. Located at Yot Sane 1, Karon, between Kata and Chalong.