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An insight to some of the temples of Samui

Koh Samui Culture | Samui Island culture and history

Most of the people on Samui Island are Buddhists, who visit temples to pray. There are many temples on Samui Island, where most of them have Buddha statues in them. one such temple is the Wat Sila Ngu which is said to contain a relic of the lord Buddha.

The Wat of Samui Island organizes traveling shows

This temple (Wat) of Samui Island has a golden Chedi that is located facing the entrance to the temple which is a very popular place of worship. This temple is so famous that many local traveling shows and visiting TV stars use the grounds found here for giving their performances. The Wat Sila Ngu is found located on the 4169 ring road too; on the beach side of this road of Samui Island.

The Wat Kiri Wongkaram is a temple on Samui Island where you find the mummified body of the Buddhist monk Loung Por Ruam. This mummified monk can be viewed through its glass case. This is where the monk was placed on his death about 25 years ago; and since then, the body has remained in terrific condition. It is easy to reach this temple of Samui Island; all you have to do is to follow the 4170 road south to Ban Saket to take a right between two giant elephant statues.

Wat Plai Laem is a colorful temple of Samui Island

On the north of Samui Island, on the way to Choeng Mon beach from Big Buddha, you can find the temple, Wat Plai Laem. This is a temple that is famous for the hundreds of fish you find in the lake found near the temple. You can find fish food at the temple for a reasonable price, to feed these hungry fish that are always waiting to be fed. Today, Wat Plai Laem is one of the most colorful temples found on Samui Island with the eighteen arms, strong Buddha statue that is found in the middle of the lake.

The Coral Buddha was once a main attraction of Samui Island; today this dilapidated statue is visited only by Buddhist devotees. However this temple is still revered today and is a place of worship for nearby monks of Samui Island. You can have a look at Buddha's footprint up a concrete slope of the turnoff for Butterfly Garden on 4170 road.

Visit the Buddha's footprint when in Samui Island

The Buddha's footprint of Samui Island is basically four foot-prints which are superimposed on one another. They are found in a shrine, about 150 steps up a steep hill of Samui Island.


Last Updated: 24 Oct 2007