|The very enormous Big Buddha ~ credit to Sol for the pic|
We were dropped at Yot Sane 1 Alley. We thought that it will be just right there. Not realizing that it’s 6 kilometer uphill walk to reach the famous tourist spot. Upon discussing how we can reach the top (either renting a tuktuk or a motorcycle) a private van parked nearby offered us to bring us to the Big Buddha and wait for us so he can also bring us back and drop us to Wat Chalong after. It costs us 700Baht (group of 8), not bad for a big group.
|Another view before the stairs up|
You'll also notice some monks giving blessings to the tourists, they also prepare a bracelet made of string to temple visitors. String bracelets are common to Thai, called “Sai Sin” bracelet. It’s a shortened length of Sacred Thread which being blessed by monks for luck and fortune. This ritual is said to be common throughout Southeast Asia in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Remember to keep the thread for good luck.
|Visitors kneeling waiting for their turn of blessings|
|In return, the monks will be giving you the String Bracelet|
|You can also burn incense in your prayer|
|A bit pricey donation to be able to right your message|
|The tile will be part of the construction - and look, Filipino|
humor everywhere :)
|You can also get a bell and write your message, for a|
certain amount too.
|A Thai kid getting some donations out of the box - not sure if|
he's allowed or what but we just let him do his thing. :p
|This really catches my attention, I need to learn this ~ credit to Sol for the pic|
|And my friend Sol spotted this cute cat in the center of the crowd sleeping in the donation box|
|Equally stunning Big Buddha in Gold|
And to close this with a famous Buddha Quote:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything.”
Big Buddha, Phuket (Chao Fa Road East near Chalong)
Operating Hours: From 08:00 – 19:30