Thailand : Big Buddha, Phuket


Situated on top of the hill, this Buddha is said to have an entire view of Phuket from Nakkerd Hills. This Buddha was still under construction when I visited. Sitting tall at 45 meters, you can see this Buddha from many parts of the island. Just look to the hills and you can spot it.

There are, in fact, two Buddha images. A smaller one, 12 metres high, is made of 22 tons of brass and cost eight million baht.

The rains were coming down and the clouds were low. It gave an air of mist to these hills. There were not many tourist and the site being still under construction, will take a while before it completes.

The Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha – to give it its official name – is 45 metres high and 25 metres across at the base.

Funding for this project is totally reliant on donations. There are donation boxes in the temple on site.

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