Phuket | Thailand

Big Buddha Phuket

Thailand Tour 2013

Phuket | Thailand

01 Nov 2013 | Fri

Day 16 of 43

  • Karon Viewpoint Phuket
  • Black Rock Viewpoint Phuket
  • Promthep Cape Phuket
  • Golden Jubilee Lighthouse | Brahma Elephant Shrine | Promthep Cape Phuket
  • Rawai Fishing Village Phuket
  • Big Buddha Phuket
  • Wat Chalong Phuket
  • Phuket Botanic Garden
  • Phuket FantaSea

Big Buddha Phuket

Big Buddha Phuket is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Phuket, Thailand. The statue is 45 meters tall and is made of white marble. It is located on top of a hill in Nakkerd, about 15 kilometers from Phuket town.

Big Buddha Phuket

Visitors can reach the statue by climbing 94 steps. The views from the top are spectacular, and there are also several temples and shrines nearby. The statue can be seen from anywhere in Phuket Town.

Phuket Big Buddha, or The Great Buddha of Phuket, is a seated Maravija Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand. The official name is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Eknakiri (Thai: พระพุทธมิ่งมงคลเอกนาคคีรี; RTGS: phra phuttha ming mongkhon eknakhakhiri), shortened to Ming Mongkol Buddha. Sitting atop Nakkerd Hill (also spelt Nagakerd) near Chalong, construction began in 2004. Expansion of the base was ongoing as of 2015. By 2017, 80 percent of the project had been completed. It is the third-tallest statue in Thailand behind only the Great Buddha of Thailand and Luangpho Yai.

The Buddha statue depicts Gautama in a sitting position (Maravichai: มารวิชัย) and is 45 metres (148 feet) tall and 25.45 metres (83.5 feet) wide. It is made of concrete and covered with Burmese white marble. Facing towards Ao Chalong Bay the statue is the main Buddha of the Wat Kitthi Sankaram temple (Wat Kata). The statue was declared the “Buddhist Treasure of Phuket” by Somdet Phra Yanasangwon, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, in 2008.

The statue cost 30 million Baht (approx. $950,000 US in February 2019), sourced primarily from donations. It was built legally in a national conserved forest with the approval of Thai Royal Forest Department.

– Wikipedia Phuket Big Buddha

Phraphutthamingmongkhol-Akenagakhiri Buddha, “Happiness on Top of Nagakerd Mountain” Contemporary art. Seated Buddha statue in Subduing Mara. Fundaments: 50 ferro-concrete piers as deep as 12 meters. Width: 25.45 m. Height: 45 m. Reinforced concrete structure adorned with white jade marble, Suriyakanta, from Myanmar (Burma). The weight of the white jade marble is approximately 135 tons per 2,500 sq.m. The statue was established on the top of Mount Nagakerd, Subdistrict Karon, Phuket Province.

The name “Phraphutthamingmongkhol-akenagakhiri” was later granted and appointed as the Buddha statue -a treasure of Muang Phuket by Somdech Phra Yanasangvara, The Supreme Patriarch of Thailand on October 28, 2008. This was accepted with reverence by Mr.Suporn Wanichakul, the president of the corporation creating the Buddha statue…

– Wat Website Phuket Big Buddha

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