When you explore Phuket, don’t be surprised if you find yourself mesmerized by the stunning scenes that surround you. From the relaxing beaches to the exciting jungles, there’s just so much to be experienced in Phuket.
One of the most reviving experiences you’ll ever get to enjoy here is when you get up close to the local’s religious practices. You’ll find it imprinted in most if not all of Phuket, from statues to art. One of the most thrilling experiences that you can enjoy is the trip to the Big Buddha. Not only is the figure itself awe-striking, but the view around the place, especially during sunset, is also unforgettable.
Here’s what you can expect when you visit the Big Buddha in Phuket:
Getting to the Big Buddha
There are a few ways you can visit the Big Buddha. The first and perhaps the easiest way is to go on a tour. They’ll more than likely take care of all your traveling needs.
If you are planning to go to the Buddha all by yourself, expect the roads to be tricky. Because the structure is located on a tall hill, you’ll find that the roads become more precarious as you go higher. Depending on your driving skills and how fast you’re going, expect to reach the Buddha between forty minutes to an hour.
Entering the Area
Once you arrive in the area, you can straight away enter because there is no entrance fee. However, there will be something else that you need to do to reach the Big Buddha—climbing a flight of stairs.
There are a few rules you must follow before going up. Since the area is a sacred place to the Thais, you’ll need to be dressed appropriately. This means that you’ll need to wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders and remember to show respect while exploring the area.
Exploring the Big Buddha
The first thing you’ll notice when you make it is the Big Buddha. Standing 45 meters tall and shimmering in its marble construction, there’s no way you’re going to miss it. Once you’re done being awestruck by the statue and the stunning view around the area, you can take your time to check out the shops that dot the place.
From souvenirs to food, you’ll find many different things to spend your money on. Don’t forget to purchase a Buddha in a different position that corresponds to the different days of the week!
If you want to offer the temple a little token of appreciation in the form of money, you won’t be able to do so by directly offering it to the monk. Rather, you can look for a tree nearby with money tied onto it. Then, grab some of the money you want to contribute and tie it there as well.
There are plenty of wonders that you can discover in Phuket. While you can take time to explore the beaches and walk through the markets, do not forget to visit the Big Buddha on the hill! Not only is the Big Buddha a tourist attraction, but also the surrounding area and the views, especially during sunset, can truly make this event a lifetime memory.
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