Phuket’s Big Buddha or Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha is one of the most impressive landmarks on Phuket island. The 45-meter tall statue sitting on the top of Nakkerd hills will attract any visitor as it can be seen from a far distance. The site has a peaceful atmosphere where you will only hear the sound of the winds and bells ringing at the top.
The enormous statue of Buddha was constructed in 2004 by friends who decided to build something more significant for people rather than just a simple viewpoint. The Big Buddha statue was dedicated to the late King of Thailand His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the smaller brass Buddha image next to the main one was dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The impressive parts of this massive Phuket Big Buddha statue are not just the fact that it is 45 meters long on a hilltop with a panorama view of the island, it was created by a donation from the locals and foreigners. From the cost of construction to the maintenance, it is entirely from the donation. Therefore, the act of merit is highly encouraged as part of the on-going construction and maintenance.
On busy days, the site has over 1,000 visitors. The visitors usually donate some amount of money or buy some items believed to provide them good luck. Some visitors will write a message on the items.
The road to the Nakkerd Hills has curves and steep climbs. A powerful scooter is recommended or even better if you go with a car. Some might prefer to hike which can take up to an hour.
First of all, the site is considered a religious place, it is disrespectful to arrive at the site in a beachwear outfit or short skirts.However, in case it is unavoidable, you can ask for clothes or sarong to cover up without fee.
Location: Soi Yot Sane 1, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Open: Daily from 6 am to 7 pm
Phone: +66 (0)81 891 3827