No matter what your religion is, visiting temples as part of a travel itinerary is always a worthwhile activity. It is a great way to learn about the culture and traditions of the country you are visiting.
Temples are places where people come to pray for their family and well-being or sit and spend time for reflection. They are also where people can make donations to people in need.
If you are coming to Koh Samui (Samui Island) soon and you want to visit some temples in the area, here are our top three recommended temples for you to visit:
Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple)
If you want to see a large golden Buddha, the 12-meter seated Buddha statue in Wat Phra Yai will leave you in awe. The Big Buddha Temple is one of the popular attractions on the island. In fact, if you are traveling to Samui by air, it is one of the first landmarks that you will see. At night, it is surrounded by spotlights, making it a striking location. The statue sits in the Mara pose as a symbol of its purity and enlightenment.
Aside from the main attraction, you can enjoy shopping at the base of the tall structure. You will see vendors selling religious artifacts, amulets, clothing, and other souvenirs. Snacks and meals are also sold nearby.
Wat Plai Laem (Lady Monk Temple)
If you want to see a huge, 18-armed image of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, Guanyin, Wat Plai Laem is a place you should visit. You will immediately see this large white structure at the center of the temple grounds. The surrounding lake, full of fish, makes the experience more majestic.
Guanyin is a protector and source of unconditional love. She is also considered a fertility goddess, and many people who wish for children or healthy bearing pray to her. You can enjoy the beautiful and intricate architecture of the place and see the colorful murals and frescoes that depict Buddhist mythological stories when you visit.
Ratchathammaram (Red Temple)
If you want a less-visited temple, the Red Temple of Koh Samui will give you the peace and solitude you seek. It is a red temple decorated with bas-relief structures, making it an impressive sight against the blue sky.
You will see a golden pagoda right next to it that also serves as an observation deck. Apart from the beautiful temple, you will enjoy the sight of the Chao Phraya river. It is a must-visit highlight that will complete your temple hopping experience.
Things to Remember
Keep in mind that temples are sacred places. When visiting Thai temples, make sure that you wear the proper attire and observe appropriate conduct. Dress conservatively. Make sure that your shoulders and legs are covered. Avoid wearing any beachwear as much as possible. Most temples do not have entrance fees, but donations are welcome.
Thailand is not only famous for its beautiful beaches. It is also a country with a rich history and culture. The majority of the people in Thailand follow the religion Buddhism. That is why you will see a lot of Buddhist temples and Chinese Shrines around. Koh Samui is home to many old Buddhist temples and shrines. If you plan to visit the island soon, consider going to the temples or wats on this list.
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