One of Pattaya’s most popular sightseeing locations for tourist and Thai’s alike is the Big Buddha statue on top of Pratumnak Hill.
The Big Buddha, just south of Pattaya, is known as Wat Phra Yai, the golden Buddha sits on one of the highest spots in Pattaya, at 80 meters elevation and overlooks both Pattaya city and Jomtien Beach, providing views of each.
The Big Buddha faces west and is in the sitting lotus position, looking down the serpent Naga stairway and is a good 20 meters high, it looks big even from a long way away, is one of the most popular temples for the Thai locals.
WANG SANG SIEN
Heading towards the Big Buddha car park, on the left hand side, you will pass “Wang Sang Sien” park and gardens, that recounts some Chinese history, there is fish feeding, statues and a very large bell you can strike, it is worth a stroll around if you have the time.
Arriving at the car park, there will be toilets, small stalls selling drinks and snacks for the busloads of tourists coming to see the iconic statue, hawkers will be selling souvenirs and merit making supplies, also there are other temple activities that everyone can get involved with like bell ringing and fortune sticks.
Making your way to the stairs that lead the last 50 meters up to the Buddha Image, you will see the 2, seven headed Naga’s protecting the path up from evil spirits, and their scaly golden bodies act as handrails up the staircase to the top.
At the top of the stairs is The Big Buddha, which is surrounded by 7 other Buddha’s at different stages of enlightenment. There is also a shop where you can buy incense, flowers, candles and gold foil for merit making, good luck and prayers. Tourist can also sign a visitor guestbook and make donations here.
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to Big Buddha Hill Pattaya can be done many ways –
If you’re feeling fit you can walk along multiple trails and stairways through manicured gardens around the hill until you finally make your way to the top where you can buy a cold drink.
You can jump on a baht Bus for 10 Baht, heading up Pratumnak Hill, going to Jomtien and get off across from the Police box, then walk the last 250 meters up or you can hire a Baht bus from anywhere in Pattaya to take you and your family together all the way to the top for about 250 – 300 Baht.
Get a motorbike taxi to take you and your girlfriend to Big Buddha for about 100 Baht, this is the best and fastest way to get there if you don’t have your own transport.
If you have a car or a motorbike, there is plenty of parking available should you decide to drive yourself, parking is free and there is no time limit as to how long you can stay.
Open hours are: 7 am – 8:30 pm
Entry is free.
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