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Big Marble Buddha Of Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket's Big Buddha has become one of the island's most important and revered landmarks. The image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away. The lofty site offers the best 360 degrees views of the island (think sweeping vistas of Phuket Town, Kata, Karon beaches, Chalong Bay, Cape Phromthep, Ao Makham and more.)

Close up to the image itself it is very peaceful and the only noises you will hear are the tinkling of small bells and the yellow Buddhist flags in the compound flapping in the wind plus soft background dharma music.

Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha in full, it is 25 meters across at the base. The whole body is layered with beautiful white Burmese marble that shines in the sun, making it a natural symbol of hope. Though it is not yet 100% complete it certainly is worth a visit as the site, the views, and the actual image itself are all breathtaking.   

The project had its hiccups, not least of which was battling through a mountain of red tape required to get permits to build in virgin forest at a height above the usual building limit. But the paperwork was finally completed and construction began in February last year. 

There is no entrance fee but you can make donations to help build the temple. The Buddha is covered with 15x15cm squares of marble. You can write an inscription on the back of a marble piece for some 200 baths and it will be aded to the Buddha. 

Read more: Phuket Big Buddha - Phuket Attractions - Chalonghttp://www.phuket.com/magazine/big-buddha-today.htm#ixzz17V1rH3lY

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