About Wat Phra Yai

Big Buddha statue at Ko Samui island, Thailand

Phra Yai, known in English as the Big , is a on Ko Phan, a small island offshore from the northeastern area of Ko Samui, Thailand.

As its name indicates, it is home to a giant, 12-metre-high (39-foot) gold-painted Buddha statue.

Since being built in 1972, it has become one of Ko Samui’s main tourist attractions and a major landmark.

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After the collapse of the Indus Valley civilization there is little record of larger sculpture until the Buddhist era. During the 2nd to 1st century BCE in far northern India, in the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara from what is now southern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, sculptures became more explicit, representing episodes of the Buddha's life and teachings. Since then many Colossal Buddha were carved across the silk road and later beyond south Asia. This is a .

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The main in Thailand is . is practiced by more than 95% of the population in Thailand. There are around 30,000 in Thailand. Thailand is a country and the here play a very active part in everyday life. Thai’s come to them to pray to for things such as or , they also come to make merit and speak with the . The structures themselves have .