Big Buddha, Sculptures and Scrap Metal Arts on Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s most impressive landmark is the Big Buddha that was built in 1972. This golden colored Buddha statue sits at 12 meters high at the top of a staircase. The Buddha statue is located inside the Wat Phra Yai, meaning Big Buddha temple. The temple is built on a small island, connected to Koh Samui with a causeway, located in the Northeast of Samui.

Big Buddha Koh Samui
Big Buddha at the top of the staircase.
Impressive Buddha statue Koh Samui
Impressive Buddha statue.

There are souvenir shops and small restaurants around the temple. Outside the temple along the water, there are some interesting art sculptures you should not miss. Behind these sculptures, there is a famous story called Phra Aphai Mani, written by Thailand’s best-known poet, Sunthorn Phu. My wife told me that everyone learns this story in schools in Thailand.

Nang Phisua Samut, Koh Samui
The character Nang Phisua Samut from the story Phra Aphai Mani.
Sutsakhon and his mother, the mermaid.
Sutsakhon and his mother, the mermaid.

At the same place, there was a souvenir shop with really cool scrap metal arts.

Yoda scrap metal sculpture
This Yoda sculpture is made completely of scrap metal. Awesome!
scrap metal arts on Koh Samui
More scrap metal arts.

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