The Big Buddha in Phuket
If there is a new icon in Phuket, it should be the white Big Buddha. Like the Big Buddha (Tian Tian) in Ngong Ping, Hong Kong, the Big Buddha in Phuket sits on top of the hill in Chalong.
If you never heard of this white Big Buddha in Phuket, it is okay because they are still constructing the Buddha. This Buddha is still in construction and it is the newest attraction in Chalong, Phuket.
It is called Wat Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenarkiri (Wat Phra Yai). The big Buddha image is known as Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakkiri Buddha is made of reinforced concrete and Burmese marble.
It is 45 meters in height and 25 meters in width across the base and it is bigger than Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Buddha which is 34 meters in height. That’s why you can spot the Buddha from far near Phuket town, Chalong and Kata area.
You need to arrange a taxi or a tour van to visit this place. Since it is at the top of the hill, I doubt that tuk-tuk can make it up there. The road towards to the top is steep in certain stretches.
The Big Buddha is still in midst of completion and they are still constructing the surrounding area near the structure.
Although the Big Buddha is still under construction, the place is already packed with tourists. There are proper parking bays and toilets facilities even certain parts of the location are still not ready.
They are also looking for more funds via donation to complete the Big Buddha. Thus, you can donate to contribute to this new Big Buddha via cash in sponsoring various construction materials or by buying souvenirs at the site. This is how you can be part of this beautiful structure.
At the top of the hill, you will get a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and more prominently, Kata Beach.
It is best to self-drive in Phuket as it easier and cheaper for you travel. Self-drive in Phuket is very safe and you will see many tourists hiring cars and bikes cruising around the island. Most of these rental bikes and cars are very reasonable in price.
The Big Buddha in Phuket Map and GPS Coordinate:
GPS: 7°49’39.4″N 98°18’41.8″E