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Karon, Mueang

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Free

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Free, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Big Buddha is a giant statue of Buddha encased in Burmese alabaster that towers over Phuket from the peak of Mount Nagakerd. Construction on Big Buddha began in 2007, and Phuketians are proud of both the structure and the vantage point from which travelers can view the island. Visitors to Big Buddha will enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Kata Bay, the Karon strand and the islands that speckle the Chalong Bay.

Although some travelers say they had a spiritual experience at Big Buddha, most reviewers say the views from the peak are what captivated them. To that point, visitors suggest bringing your camera (and a wide-angle lens). 

Big Buddha is open every day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it's free to visit. You'll find the large statue on the summit of Mount Nagakerd. Most choose to hike the nearly 4-mile path to the peak, starting at the Chaofa Road West (a little more than a mile from Chalong Circle). You'll also find restroom facilities atop the hill and food and drink options on the way up. Keep in mind that parts of this attraction are under ongoing construction, but even still, visitors call it a must-see. For more information, visit Big Buddha's website

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