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Big Buddha
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Enjoy stunning 360-degree views from where this massive statue sits, towering over the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills.

Standing at the foot of the enormous cross-legged Buddha it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Both the size of the statue and the views of Phuket from its base are breathtaking. The Buddha is 150-feet (46-meters) high and 80-feet (24-meters) across. Vistas across the white sand beaches of Kata and Karon, Chalong Bay, and parts of Phuket Town are the best on the island. This is a place of worship and respite; praying monks, dharma music and Buddhist flags all add to the ambience.

The ambitious project began as a symbol of hope after the devastating 2004 tsunami. It was funded entirely by donations. Layers of sparkling Burmese marble cover the Buddha’s body and are inscribed with messages of peace and love from those who donated to the cause. Read about the history of the project at a small museum on the way in, where you’ll also find souvenirs, donation boxes and,occasionally, a religious ceremony. A set of stairs from here leads to the base of the statue, where panoramic views await.

There are actually two Buddhas on the site and it’s free to visit both. The second, gold-tone statue, though not as imposing at 39-feet (12-meters) high, is made from brass and dedicated to the Queen of Thailand; the Big Buddha is dedicated to the King.

Although less crowded in the morning, consider visiting at the end of the day. Watching the sunset over the water from these towering heights is an unforgettable experience.

Getting to the local landmark is easy and a stunning journey in itself. Take a tour or catch a taxi. It is about a half-hour drive from Phuket Town and there are plenty of signposts along the way. Energetic visitors will want to soak up the panorama as it slowly reveals itself on the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) hike up the hill through lush rainforest. Re-energize at the top at the Nakkerd Sea View Restaurant, which specializes in seafood and spectacular views.

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