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Gran Buda de Ko Samui


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Récord: 12 m

Tipo: Estatuas




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Continente: Asia

País: Tailandia


Año: 1972

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:Ko Samui

Ko Samui (en idioma tailandés:เกาะสมุย) es una isla en la provincia de Surat Thani, situada en la costa este del istmo de Kra en Tailandia, cerca de la ciudad de Surat Thani. Es la tercer isla más grande de Tailandia, con un área de 228,7 km2 y una población de más de 50.000 habitantes. La isla cuenta con ricos recursos naturales, playas de arena blanca, barreras de coral y cocoteros.

La economía de Samui se basa principalmente en la industria turística, y también en la exportación de cocos y hule. La isla tiene su propio aeropuerto internacional, el aeropuerto de Samui, con vuelos diarios a Bangkok, y a otros importantes aeropuertos del sudeste asiático como Hong Kong o Singapur.


La isla fue probablemente habitada por primera vez hace 15 siglos, colonizada por pescadores provenientes de la península de Malaca y del sur de China. Ko Samui aparece por primera vez en mapas chinos que datan de 1687, bajo el nombre de Pulo Cornam. El nombre Samui tiene un origen misterioso; se especula que sea una extensión del nombre de uno de los árboles nativos, el mui, o que proceda de la palabra Saboey del idioma chino que significa "puerto seguro". Ko significa isla en idioma tailandés.

Hasta la última parte del siglo XX Ko Samui era una comunidad aislada y autosuficiente que tenía poca relación con el resto de Tailandia. La isla carecía incluso de carreteras hasta principios de los años 70, y el viaje de 15 km desde un lado de la isla hasta el otro suponía un día entero de senderismo a través de la jungla que cubre las montañas del centro de la isla.



Big Buddha Temple

Posted on February 13, 2012

koh samui big buddha

Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple) is one of Koh Samui’s most famous landmarks. Located near the airport, the site boasts an immense 12 meter tall golden Buddha image that can actually be seen from the plane as visitors fly into the island. Construction of the temple was commenced in 1972 and since then, it has gained in popularity, now experiencing a healthy number of locals and tourists who come to pay their respects and take some amazing photographs.

The Buddha itself is found on the nearby island of Koh Fam which can be reached by a causeway from the mainland. The base of the statue is surrounded by several restaurants and shops selling snacks, jewelry, clothing and other souvenirs. When there, don’t forget to climb up to the viewing platform where you can experience breathtaking views that stretch around the north coast of Samui all the way to Koh Phangan.

Other attractions at the temple include a fat and very happy Phra Maitreya (Buddha of the Future) and a set of dragon-like naga that flank the stairs leading up to the Big Buddha itself. With the amount of tourists coming in, the temple is constantly getting upgraded too, thanks to the large number of donations. If you wish to give money, there are plenty of ways to do it from buying floral garlands to getting your fortune read.

The temple is found on the northeastern tip of Koh Samui on Route 4171. For convenient access, you can find nearby accommodation and Koh Samui villas on Big Buddha and Cheong Mon Beach as well as the Plai Laem area. This spot is especially accessible as it is so close to the island’s international airport. Just make sure that you book early around major festivals such as Loy Krathong and Songkran as the area becomes quite crowded during these occasions. This can be a great time to visit the temple though as celebrations are quite merry, and include beauty pageants, live music and standup comedy.


The Big Buddha on Koh-Samui

The Big Buddha is the most famous landmark in Koh-Samui, mostly because of the size of the statue which can be seen from many miles away and especially from the air when planes land and take off.

The big Buddha is twelve metres high and its bright, shiny gold glints in the sun above shops and restaurants that lie at its base. The Buddha is sitting at the top of a row of wide steps that are decorated with dragons. Constructed in 1972, the Buddha resides in the PhraYai Temple on the island’s northern shore and is popular with visitors and locals alike. When the sun goes down the Buddha is bathed in floodlights and appears to be the island’s great guardian.

Thai citizens always visit the Big Buddha first, when visiting the island, and to ensure that their prayers are answered will offer gifts of food or burn sticks of incense.There is a centre for meditation near the Buddha’s base and a market within the temple grounds where Buddhist and Brahmin souvenirs can be bought together with many other items including hats and T-shirts. In the air, is the sweet aroma of cooking from the Thai restaurants that cater for all tastes.

Big Buddha beach lies beyond the temple area and although not its official name it is what everyone calls it. Not far away is Chaweng beach which is where people go to dance the night away but for a little rest, revellers often return to the peace of Big Buddha beach and snooze until sunrise. Sunday is the day that Big Buddha beach is at its busiest and is when bands play and crowds of visitors arrive to share both a spiritual and musical experience.

Apart from on Sunday, the beach is usually serene and peaceful. The water is shallow and is ideal for families with young childrenwho like to keep away from the busier, more fashionable areas on the island. Catering near the beach is a bit limited but it is improving and the big golden Buddha provides a superb point of rendezvous for people who get separated.




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