The southern part of Thailand, where Ko Samui is situated, is predominantly Muslim. However, the Chao Samui, who were the first residents of the island, were Buddhist. This is why Ko Samui has both Islamic and Buddhist roots, the latter being seen in the many temples, including the Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha Temple, scattered all over the island. The culture in Ko Samui is influenced largely by these two religions.
The Big Buddha Temple is the home of the 12-meter tall Buddha statue, which is the most famous tourist attraction in Ko Samui. All group tours and even tourists in independent trips make it a point to visit this temple when they go around the island. Found on the [Read more…]