Big Buddha

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West Road, Chalong 83100

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee


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4.88/5 - (8 Votes)
Local tour guide
"Avoid the crowds and visit Big Buddha in the early morning or late afternoon to experience the serene beauty of this iconic landmark, and don't forget to bring a sarong or shawl to cover your shoulders as a sign of respect when entering the temple."

The Big Buddha is probably Phuket’s most well-known landmark and  a trip to Phuket wouldn’t really be complete without a photo in front of this guy! Sitting at the top of the Nakkerd Hills and standing at 45 meters tall, he’s very difficult to miss! With such impressive height, the statue is recognized as the third tallest statue in Thailand. 

Its great location also offers a perfect 360-degree panoramic view of the island, with spectacular observation of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon Beach and Chalong Bay.

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The entire body of the statue is built of reinforced concrete covered with beautiful white jade marble imported from Burma. Standing as a symbol of peace, strength and unity, the statue is made entirely of Myanmar granite with a total weight of about 135 tons / 2500 square meters. 

Initiated in 2002 and funded solely by donations, the officially named Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Eknakiri, or Ming Mongkol Buddha, has become one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, with over 1,000 visitors on a favorable day.

The tranquil atmosphere surrounding the Big Buddha is characterized by the gentle ringing of small bells, the fluttering of yellow Buddhist flags, and the faint background of dharma music. As you explore this iconic site, you'll not only be captivated by its sheer size and beauty, but also by its profound spiritual significance.

Best time to visit

We recommend visiting when the white Big Buddha is reflected in the sunlight with the view of the Phuket Sea, around 6 PM - before sunset!

How to get to the Big Buddha

Embarking on the journey to the Big Buddha of Phuket is an adventure in itself. Whether you choose to rent a car, hop on a scooter, or join a guided tour, the winding roads and stunning views on the way to the summit of Nakkerd Hill will be a memorable part of the experience. 

As you make your way up the hill, expect many curves and steep ascents, but don't let that deter you from reaching this magnificent destination. The breathtaking panorama that awaits you at the top is well worth the effort.

For those who prefer a more active approach, hiking trails like the Kata-Karon Hiking Trail and the trail from Karon Beach offer a unique way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Phuket while making your way to the Big Buddha. Whichever path you choose, the journey to the Big Buddha will be an unforgettable experience that adds to the magic of this iconic site.

Driving and Parking Tips

If you opt to drive or ride a motorbike to the Big Buddha, be prepared for a challenging yet rewarding journey. The road to Nakkerd Hill features numerous bends and several steep ascents, which might prove difficult for less powerful scooters. 

However, the breathtaking views along the way make the trip well worth the effort. Keep in mind that caution is necessary when navigating the many curves on the route to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Upon reaching the summit, you'll find an organized parking area with ample space for cars and motorbikes. Once parked, take a moment to soak in the panoramic views before making your way to the main attraction – the majestic Big Buddha.

Public Transportation Options

For those who prefer public transportation, there are several options to reach the Big Buddha of Phuket. You can take a bus, ferry, or van from Phuket Town, which will take approximately one hour to reach the Big Buddha. Alternatively, you can walk from Phuket Town, which will take about an hour and a half, or take a tuk-tuk or taxi for a quicker journey of approximately 30 minutes.

Other public transportation options include taking a songthaew (a shared taxi) or a motorbike taxi from Phuket Town, which will take around an hour and 45 minutes, respectively. No matter which mode of transportation you choose, the journey to the Big Buddha will be a memorable part of your visit to this iconic landmark.

Hiking Trails

Outdoor enthusiasts seeking a more immersive experience can choose to hike to the Big Buddha of Phuket. The Kata-Karon Hiking Trail. Trail is a challenging hike that takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete, while the trail from Karon Beach offers a more leisurely walk. 

Both trails provide amazing views of the surrounding landscape and a unique opportunity to connect with nature as you make your way to the summit of Nakkerd Hill.

Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring water to stay hydrated during your hike.

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Visiting Essentials

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Before setting foot on the sacred grounds of the Big Buddha complex, it's essential to be prepared and mindful of the local customs and etiquette. In this section, we'll discuss the dress code, facilities, and accessibility measures in place at the Phuket Big Buddha to ensure a smooth and respectful visit.

Visitors should dress modestly, with shoulders and knees covered. Shoes must be removed before entering the temple, and visitors should be aware that photography is not allowed inside the temple.

The complex is wheelchair accessible.

Dress Code and Etiquette

Although there is no strict dress code at the Big Buddha, visitors are expected to dress modestly out of respect for the sacred site. Sleeveless shirts and shorts above the knee are not allowed, and beachwear, short skirts, and offensive T-shirts should be avoided.

If your attire does not meet the required standards, a free sarong will be provided to cover up appropriately. By dressing respectfully, you'll contribute to maintaining the serene and spiritual atmosphere that makes the Big Buddha such a special place.

Facilities and Amenities

Although the primary focus of your visit will be the awe-inspiring Big Buddha, the complex also offers a variety of facilities and amenities for your convenience. Enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink at the on-site restaurant, shop for souvenirs to remember your visit, or take in the expansive views from the viewing platform.

These facilities ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience while visiting this iconic landmark.

Accessibility and Safety

The Big Buddha complex has implemented measures to ensure accessibility for all visitors, including a wooden ramp for wheelchair users to access the main hall. However, it is essential to note that individuals with heart conditions or limited physical fitness should be cautious when ascending to the Big Buddha site due to its location atop a mountain.

In addition, attire is subject to security checks at the entrance, and the consumption of alcohol is not permitted on the premises. By following these guidelines, you'll help maintain a safe and respectful environment for everyone visiting this sacred site.

Experiencing the Big Buddha Complex

Beyond the awe-inspiring statue itself, the Big Buddha complex offers a wealth of experiences for visitors to explore and enjoy. In this section, we'll guide you through the temple and museum, share the panoramic views from different locations, and introduce the guided tours available at the complex.

The temple is a stunning example of traditional Chinese architecture, with intricate carvings and sculptures adorning the walls and ceilings. Inside, visitors can explore the many shrines and statues, as well as the museums and galleries.

Temple and Museum

The temple at the Big Buddha complex is a place where monks provide blessings and occasionally conduct ceremonies, as well as functioning as a museum that chronicles the history of the Big Buddha's construction. Here, you can learn about the cultural and historical context of this magnificent statue while witnessing firsthand the spiritual practices that take place within the temple.

The museum also serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work that went into creating this awe-inspiring landmark.

Panoramic Views

Ascend the 268 steps to the three-story pedestal of the Big Buddha, and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Phuket Town, Karon, Chalong Bay, and Kata. From this vantage point, you can also take in the Andaman Sea, the nearby hills, and the lush landscape of Phuket Island.

Be sure to have your camera ready, as the views from the Big Buddha complex are truly unforgettable.

Guided Tours

For those who want to learn more about the Big Buddha and the surrounding area, we would recommend to choose one of our tours in Phuket. Options include our Phuket Instagram Tour, covering Karon View Point, Big Buddha, Rock Swing Beach, Wat Chalong and more!

These tours offer an in-depth look at the history, culture, and natural beauty of Phuket, ensuring that your visit to the Big Buddha is both informative and enjoyable.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Big Buddha located in Phuket?

Big Buddha is located on Nakkerd Hill, between Chalong and Kata.

What is the height of Big Buddha in Phuket?

The height of Big Buddha is approximately 45 meters.

Is there an entrance fee to visit Big Buddha?

No, there is no entrance fee to visit Big Buddha. However, donations are welcome for maintenance and development.

What is the significance of Big Buddha in Phuket?

Big Buddha is a revered religious site that symbolizes peace, hope, and unity.

Are there any dress code requirements to visit Big Buddha?

Visitors are advised to dress respectfully, covering their shoulders and knees, as it is a religious site.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Soi Yot Sane 1, Chaofa West Road, Chalong 83100

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee


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