Big Buddha Phuket
Big Buddha is the common name for the statue that dominates south Phuket. It is situated on a mountain top and faces east towards the rising sun. It is reached by road from Chalong.
Formerly it was called Pra Buddhamingmongkol Ake-Nakkiri and now its official name is Mingmongkol Buddha.
At 45 metres tall it is the largest white marbled Buddha anywhere in the world and has become a huge Phuket tourist attraction.
The Big Buddha Phuket was constructed to honour the 80th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late King of Thailand.
Next to the Big Buddha is a 12 metre tall statue made of 22 tons of brass. This is in honour of the Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
There are also many other statues, images, sculptures and bells of worship.
The Big Buddha is not just a tourist attraction but also a Buddhist temple and place of worship. Please consider this when visiting and dress appropriately. Sarongs can be borrowed to cover up if required. Foreigners can receive blessings from the monks here if they want.
Big Buddha is a work in progress. With regular monetary donations from tourists the building works goes on and on. A popular way to donate to the construction is to buy a tile of marble on which you can write a name. This will be added to the structure and be there for as long as the monument stands.
A garden being constructed, with ornaments and flower features. There will be also grassy areas, plants, shrubs for all to enjoy. The area is being designed for peace, tranquility and for the total relaxation and for everyone to use and enjoy.
The Big Buddha is a great viewpoint. From the top you can see Phuket Town to the north, Chalong bay east, Kata and Karon beaches to the west. Phi Phi island and the Racha Islands can be seen in the distance.
You can visit the Big Buddha at any time of the day. Early morning is good when it’s not too hot and before the tour buses arrive. Sunset is also an excellent time to visit. On the road up to the Big Buddha there are now several bars with viewpoints. There is also an ATV camp offering rides around the mountain area.