Big Buddha in Pattaya and the little-known Chinese temple museum

On Pratamnak Hill (it is also called Big BuddhaHill), in the heart of Pattaya, there are several interesting cultural attractions. This wooded hill is small in area and consists of two halves, cut in two by the road.

On the one hand, closer to the sea on a hill isobservation platform with a temple, weather station and a monument, and on another, far from the sea, you can see the Chinese temple and the golden Buddha statue above the trees, which is located on the territory of a Buddhist temple, at the very top of the hill. Here, on a hill, Pattaya looks very different than below. This is no longer a "city of sin." On the territory of the temples reigned silence, peace and everything is saturated with harmony with nature and beauty. A real oasis of calm in the middle of the urban jungle.

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Chinese temple museum Wang Sam Sien

Everyone knows about the statue of Big Buddha on the hill inthe center of Pattaya, but not everyone pays attention to the Chinese temple (and a little museum) Wang Sam Sien. It is located about a hundred meters before reaching the temple with the Big Buddha, to the left of the road. Here you can see typical Chinese architectural elements and décor, feed turtles and catfishes in the pond, strike a big bell for wish fulfillment, take a walk in the garden and have a snack in a small cafe for three tables.

This is a working Taoist temple, where you canget acquainted with the culture and folklore of China. If you walk a little forward from the entrance to the territory, you will see a large bell - a copy of the bell from the Royal Palace in Beijing. It is customary to beat him with a large stick hanging nearby, having made a wish beforehand.

Just to the right of the entrance, on the pond, is a large whiteThe statue of Kuan Yin is the goddess of mercy and kindness. Behind her back in the pond, giant catfish and turtles swim, which can also be fed with dry food for “good luck”, bags of which are sold on the other side of the green pond, between the cafe and the toilet.

Wang Sam Sien temple can be called a museum in thatmeaning that everywhere you can see symbols and figures important to Chinese culture, for example: a wall with 24 "gratitude stories" in the form of voluminous colorful reliefs behind glass, a Confucius statue in a pavilion in the far part of the garden, designed according to all the rules -shui, the figure of San Yud Sung, a Chinese public figure, and many bright plaster statues of warriors, various deities and mythical creatures. For example, there are Dragon and Phoenix - Yin-Yang Simovol in Chinese mythology.

If you go to the left from the entrance, you can see the temple itself, with chopsticks smoking in front of it in a large vat and guarded by China’s traditional lions statues.

Entrance to the temple is free, visitorsthere is usually very little here and you can safely walk around the pond, enjoying the silence and looking at the many "exhibits" of this small open-air museum. From the paths of the park through the trees there is a view of the center of Pattaya, but it is not very impressive, from the statue of the Golden Buddha and from the observation deck on the next peak the views are much better. But the garden itself is very pretty, with bright flowers, benches, stairs, alleys and two ponds. Great place to walk.

Pond with carps and turtles

Pond with carps and turtles

Bell for the fulfillment of desires

Bell for the fulfillment of desires

Chinese temple museum Wang Sam Sien

Chinese temple museum Wang Sam Sien

Small park with a monument

Small park with a monument

Pavilion Confucius

Pavilion Confucius

Wat Phra Yai Temple with Big Buddha Statue

If you walk a little further to the top of the hill, firstwe will see a parking lot for visitors, then numerous shops with all kinds of things (mainly souvenirs and food) on both sides of the road and finally a staircase opens up to a large golden statue of the seated Buddha.

Below the staircase on both sides is framed by rowssmall bells that can be beaten by making a wish, and on top of the railing along it are long wavy bodies of dragons, ending at the bottom with a mouth from which serpent heads diverge like gigantic fans. The dragon scales glitter with gold in the sun, the Nagi snake spread its toothed mouths - the view is very impressive.

At the top of the stairs there is a huge view.Buddha statue and a large platform with many other statues. Also golden, but smaller. Seven of them, in front of a large statue, symbolize the days of the week - Monday, Tuesday ... and so on. If you wish, you can make offerings to the statue, symbolizing the day of the week when you were born.

If you go further, behind the Big Buddha in height 15there will be even smaller statues, a little more than a man’s height - a fat figure with a hole in the middle of the belly where you need to get a coin from a distance of several steps, as well as a very thin statue, a reclining Buddha, many standing and seated Buddha statues, including in the pavilions, and at the very end of the site, under the roof, there is a stylized imprint of a giant foot, which is customary to throw coins.

From the same view of the center of Pattaya withone side and the Pratumnak area and the sea - on the other. But it cannot be said that it was very exciting and besides, it is partially blocked by trees. Still, the best view of the city can be seen only from the next hilltop, where the main observation deck is located.

The history of the temple of Wat Phra Yai began in the 1940sthe years when Pattaya was just a small fishing village. But by the end of the 1970s, with the development of tourism, it had become a rapidly growing city, and a large white Buddha statue appeared on the temple grounds, guarding the city, as it were. Later it was updated and painted in golden color.

Temple of the Big Buddha acting, there are monks here, towhich can be approached for blessing, as well as offerings can be made. At the bottom of the stairs and small outbuildings, you can see people with birds in cages. They offer to issue them for money and how to do a good deed. But now it has become more tourist attraction and earnings.

There are quite a few visitors here, often toBig Buddha bring a group of tourists, and it is quite noisy. But still, in good weather, it is nice to walk here, to look at the city and numerous statues, to take a photo for a memory.

Entrance to the temple grounds

Entrance to the temple grounds

Stairs to Buddha statues

Stairs to Buddha statues

Temple of the Big Buddha in Pattaya

Temple Wat Phra Yai with the statue of the Golden Buddha

The biggest figure of Buddha

The biggest figure of Buddha

View from the observation deck of the temple

Footprint buddha

Footprint buddha

Buddha statues in Wat Phra Yai temple

Buddha statues in Wat Phra Yai temple

Pavilions with statues along the walkway around the temple

Pavilions with statues along the walkway around the temple

Buddha statues in closed pavilions

Buddha statues in closed pavilions

Information to visit

It should be remembered that both the Chinese Wang Sam Sien and the Buddhist Wat Phra Yai are temples, and on their territory out of respect for believers to be dressed appropriately, with closed shoulders and knees.

Entrance to both temples is free, if desired, you can leave a donation. The temples are open from dawn (7 am) to late evening.

Price of Pattaya City Tour>

The observation deck is often included in a sightseeing tour of Pattaya. You can take to quickly see a few places in the city. It is usually about 300-500 baht, depending on what is included.

Getting there

Getting to the Big Golden Buddha and the ChineseWang Sam Sien temple can be walked along the road from the center of Pattaya and up the hill along the stairs, passing through the park paths with benches and sports equipment. It will take not five minutes, but quite feasible even for not trained people. Even easier to climb a hill on a bike or a taxi, catch it is not difficult.

The hill separates the center of Pattaya and the Pratamnak area,located on a broad cape and rolling to the south in the Jomtien region. To climb to the Big Buddha, you need to move to the hill along the road, past the Unixx residential complex to the police station on the left, and then climb the stairs up the hill, through the park.

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Big Buddha Statue

Big Buddha Statue
The most famous temple in Pattaya, located on a hill near the observation platform. Near a beautiful Chinese temple with a garden.
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