The Big Buddha Pattaya sits 18 meters tall and is the largest in the region.
Perched atop Pratumnak Hill, overlooking Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, it is part of Wat Phra Yai, a temple where, despite the crowds of tourists, local people still come to pray. It was built in the 1940’s well before the US armed forces changed Pattaya forever by using this once gentle fishing village for its sailors
For those that have trouble climbing stairs in the heat of the day, I recommend you visit early in the morning or later in the evening to catch either the sunrise or the sunset.
It is not just the Big Buddha that is striking, the staircase and also the many smaller Buddha and Monk statues that are sitting laying or standing. There is one for each day of the week.
Then there are the big golden dragons that adorn the staircase with seven-headed mythical snakes called Nagas emerge from their mouths. If you like a little armature photography then you will enjoy taking pics of all these interesting statues.
Then of course there are the views of the city and surrounding beaches and countryside, which is one of the reasons many tourists visit the Big Buddha Pattaya.
One thing that you often find in Thailand is traders with cages of small birds. The idea is that you pay the traders to set these birds free and gain “good karma”. As tempting as it may be to pay a small fee to set the birds free, this only encourages the entrapment and caging of even more birds to keep the cycle going. Far better, in my opinion, to discourage this and just give the donation to the temple instead. This way you get the karma and more of the birds stay free.
While you are there, feel free to ring the line of bells with a big stick. This is supposed to bring good luck to whoever completes the task.
Opening Hours – all hours
Parking – sometimes can be busy
Entry Fee – free
Big Buddha Pattaya Image Gallery
Below are a few photos from our visits to Big Buddha Pattaya. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image.