The Big Buddha Phuket or Ming Mongkol Buddha is an easy, impressive to spot landmark as the Big Buddha is a massive 45 metres or for those that like using imperial measurements, nearly 148 feet high. It is sited hundreds of metres up on the Nark-Kerd Hills, allowing for amazing views of beaches, coves and Phuket City. It is covered in while shinning marble, and is dedicated to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his 80th birthday.
There is also on site a 12 metre or 39 feet tall, 22 ton, built out of brass Buddha dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Sirkit. Around the site there are food and drinks stalls and a small exhibition hall explaining how the statue was built and other historic facts. Entry is free, but donations are welcome to aid the work of the monks. The Big Buddha is off Chao Fa Road East, in the district of Chalong. It is well sign posted, it is a 6 km steep hill drive up fairly narrow Soi Yodsane. Dress modestly, although for those wearing shorts, short skirts, singles etc there is a stall where visitors can borrow a sarong.
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