The huge statue of Big Buddha, an important landmark of Phuket is situated on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. It stands 45 meters tall and can be spotted from Phuket Town or even Karon Beach. The viewpoint at the top gives a 360-degree view of the entire town as well as Kata, Karon and Chalong Bay.
You can reach the Big Buddha viewpoint by taking a 6 km route from Phuket’s main artery route. The main statue is 25 meters across the base and was built in 2004. The Thais call this statue Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha. It was constructed with reinforced concrete and layered with some elegant Burmese white jade marble that sparkles like diamonds in the sun.
The ambiance at the top of the hill is very peaceful and the only sound you can hear is that of the wind and small bells tinkling. The yellow Buddhist flags in the region and the soft dharma music in the background add to the tranquility of the place. There is a smaller golden Buddha statue near the main one, which is made of brass. You can also find many more small statues of Buddhas and respected monks. If you want to witness one of the most magnificent sunsets of Phuket, try to be at the viewpoint by 6 in the evening.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Phuket and there are many road signs across the island pointing the way to Big Buddha Viewpoint. This definitely attracts a large number of visitors and donations and this is very helpful as the funds for this massive structure comes almost completely from donations. On a busy day, more than 1000 people visit the Big Buddha and many of them donate money for the maintenance of the statue. They also write messages on purchased items in memory of the loved ones who are no longer with them.
The president of Mingmongkol Faith 45 Foundation says that the project is huge and requires a lot of money. He is also grateful for the huge amount of money that people have been donating. The project's history can be seen in the hall at the base of the Big Buddha statue. It has also had some Buddhist teachings and several donation boxes.
If you are planning to visit the Big Buddha statue, it is important to dress appropriately. It is a religious site and therefore does not encourage visitors wearing short skirts, T-shirts with offensive slogans or any type of beachwear. But if you have no other choice you can get a sarong for free to wrap yourself with. The Big Buddha is usually very crowded yet has been able to maintain its peaceful atmosphere