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Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most important and revered landmarks. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away. It is 25 Metres at the base.The lofty site offers the best 360 degree views of the island. Easily reachable via a six kilometre road leading from Phuket's main artery, it's a must visit island destination.

The Big Buddha or Prahputtamingmongkol  Eaknakakeeree an official name given by the supreme patriarch of the Buddhist Church, the project was conceived by a group of local Buddhist called Prahputtamingmongkol Sadtah 45 Foundation in 2002. With the intention to make it the palladium of Phuket and a tribute to His Majesty the King.

After plenty of wrangling and red-tape, building began just a few months after the tsunami, allowing the island to focus on the future instead of the past. Being built atop a wonderfully chosen plot, overlooking the bays of Chalong, Kata, Karon and indeed most of the southern half of Phuket, the Big Buddha placement could not have been better. The serenity and calmness which is present at the footholds of the statue is fulfilling enough, even without the incredible views.The monument has only ever been funded by donations from the public, Thai nationals from other provinces and overseas offerings, so therefore its expected completion date for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday in 2006 was a little premature. Un-phased, work has carried on ever since and is drawing to a conclusion.

The trip up to the Big Buddha offers a wonderful insight into the quaint Thai villages before reaching the top of the summit. It's the peacefulness that hits you the hardest. The only sounds you hear are the national flags flapping in the breeze and birds singing. Occasionally, firecrackers are thrown into a large cement chimney to warn off evil spirits, and that just shows the wonderful spontaneity of Thai Buddhism.As plans for the Big Buddha were drawn up over a decade ago, some 80 million Baht  has been pumped into the building work. Being 150 ft high and having a base spanning 80 ft, the colossal cross-legged statue is no shrinking violet. The glinting Burmese marble tiles have been painstakingly fitted and show just how much passion, dedication and workmanship has gone into the creation. To some devotees of the Buddhist religion, having Buddha gazing down across the land gives them a protection and acts as a reminder of their faith every day.