When you are in Pattaya you cannot certainly miss the large gold colored Buddha statue. It is the biggest Buddha image of Chonburi province and is officially named Phra Buddha Sukhothai Walai Chonlathan, and is also known as Luang Pho Yai. It is located on top of Pratamnak Hill, just south of the city of Pattaya. Sitting calmly atop a pedestal- the statue is around 18 meters high. A long stairway flanked by two golden dragon statue leads to the Buddha statue. Here you will get the real local culture of Pattaya as the place is revered by local people. The chanting of prayers, wreaths of flowers and burning incense stick creates an aesthetic feeling. Adding to which you can explore the smaller Buddha statues, a view of Jomtien Beach and the creative mosaic at the pavilion hall.
This Big Buddha is the main attraction of Wat Phra Yai, a temple built in the 1940s when Pattaya was nothing but a fishing village. With the Big Buddha statue, you will also get to see many other Buddha figures in different postures- each representing different days of the week. You also get to call on your good luck by rolling the line of bells with a big stick in Big Buddha hill itself. Passing the hill to reach the Big Buddha you can also see lots of statue from Chinese History and folklore at a small park like setting Wang Sam Sien.
The place is easy to reach as it is just 2km from South Pattaya. You may hire a taxi or songthaew (baht bus). Ticket to see this extraordinary idol will cost you zero – entry is free here. The temple opens daily from 7 am to 10 pm. This place will provide you some of the best views of Pattaya.