Samui City Tour
Wat Plai Laem Colorful temple with two enormous Chinese statues
One of Koh Samui’s most attractive temples is the Wat Plai Laem. This extremely colorful, newer temple was completed in 2004.
Although some of the buildings like the ubosot are in traditional Thai architecture, most of the complex is built in the Thai-Chinese style. The Wat Plai Laem temple houses two giant, colorful statues that will immediately catch the eye.
Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy The first is the huge image of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion who has 18 arms. Guanyin is revered in much of East Asia, in Thailand she is also known as Phra Mae Kuan Im.
Guanyin is very highly revered by Chinese people and is known as the protector of women and children, the sick and the poor. She is said to have so many arms, so she can help many people at one time. In one Buddhist legend, she even has a thousand arms.
On either side of this impressive statue you will find a long-shaped building with beautiful mural paintings telling stories from Buddhist mythology.
Statue of fat Chinese Buddha Another very eye-catching statue is that of the fat, laughing Chinese Buddha. In Chinese culture, a fat Buddha represents wealth and prosperity. This very impressive statue is 30 meters high and painted in expressive colors like red, white and gold.
Big Buddha Located at Wat Phra Yai, known in English as the Big Buddha Temple, is a Buddhist temple on Ko Phan, a small island offshore from the northeastern area of Ko Samui, Thailand, connected to that island by a short causeway 3 kilometers north of Samui International Airport
Hin Ta – Hin Yai
Hin-Ta Hin-Yai, or Grandpa and Grandma, is a picturesque group of gigantic boulders on the seashore. They were called so, because some stone constructions persistently remind of female and male sex organs. There is one grandpa and one grandma. It is all about the power of imagination, though: some people distinguish several grandmas.
Mummified monk Loung Pordaeng On display in an upright glass casket and surrounded by flowers, candles, incense sticks and fruit offerings is the body of Koh Samui’s most famous monk, Loung Pordaeng.
For many Westerners this might be an uncomfortable or even disturbing sight, for Thai people the body of the monk is there to be worshiped and death is seen as an opportunity to be reborn in a next and better life.
The mummified body of Loung Pordaeng is kept in a glass casket in a temple building in Wat Khunaram temple, which was specially built for this purpose.
The life of Loung Pordaeng Loung Pordaeng was born in 1894 in Koh Samui. When he was around 20 years old, he ordained as a monk, like it is customary for young boys in Thailand. After spending a period as a monk he disrobed, got married and started a family.
Upon reaching the age of 50 when his children had grown up, Loung Pordaeng decided to return to the temple and dedicate the rest of his life to Buddhism. He was given the name Phra Kru Samathakittikhun upon returning to the temple.
After spending some time in Bangkok where he studied meditation techniques and Buddhist scriptures, he returned to Koh Samui and spend some time in a cave meditating. After that, he returned to Wat Khunaram temple, where he became the abbot.
Namuang Waterfall is Koh Samui’s best-hidden secret. This amazing oasis is located just 10 km south from Nathon and boasts two beautiful waterfalls; the first is 18 meters high and the second is approximately 80 meters high.
Namuang is easily accessed by vehicle, but the higher waterfall can only be accessed by taking a 30-minute walk to the falls.
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