Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

The Lam So Pagoda is the largest pagoda on Samui. Most tourists too literally reproduce the Latin transliteration of the Laem Sor Pagoda, like the Laem Sor Pagoda, but you now know that this is Lam Soe. Big, beautiful, gold, exotic - everything, as much as the person who first visited Thailand likes. That is why many tourists know about the Lam So Pagoda, and almost no one knows about the Rattanakosin Pagoda, and yet it stands next door.

This is common when excursion companiesselect routes so that vacationers see only the main attractions, which should be easily accessible, large-scale and bright. The approach is reasonable and explainable, but it is a pity for those people who would like to see more, but are caught in the framework of the excursion.

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Lam So Pagoda

The Lam So Pagoda (Laem Sor Pagoda) is impressive.huge, golden, beautiful building on the very edge of the coast. At the bottom of the front of the pagoda there is a glass booth with a monk seated inside the statue, and the entrance to the pagoda is guarded by terrible rakshasis. Next to the pagoda stands the building in which the monks live, they can always be found there - a place popular even among Thais. Therefore, it is especially important to observe the dress code for visiting Buddhist shrines.

If you accidentally forget about propriety, monksThey will not say anything, but there are still constantly rotating assistants of monks and parishioners, who will not rush to scold you. Parking near the pagoda is quite spacious, there always comes an aunt who sells coconuts for drinking and coconut oil. Be careful with her tame monkey - she doesn’t like being mocked and bitten. This is especially true of children.

By the way, before the Lam So Pagoda stood onneighboring hill, but then it was moved down. Transferred due to the fact that it was twice struck by lightning, and twice destroyed the holy structure. Thais planned to transfer as a temporary measure, but in the end Lam Co remained standing on the shore, and now she suffers from sea waves, which regularly bring down the area behind the pagoda.

The Lam So Pagoda and on the right are monks houses.

The Lam So Pagoda and on the right are monks houses.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.
House with a boat and a monk statue

House with a boat and a monk statue

There were almost no people on my visit, although Iwas in high season in january month. Apparently, because a lot of people only happen during excursions. As I wrote above, the pagoda stands right on the shore and there is a beach near it. It is dirty, with natural and artificial garbage. But you know, this combination of “pagoda + sea + lack of people” creates a special atmosphere, at least for me. I find it difficult to explain why, but it is. Either because I don’t get used to seeing a Thai temple right on the beach, or because there were strong waves during my visit and the elements tried to wash this pagoda into the sea (some kind of nature and man’s struggle). Or maybe I was just banally hooked on this corner of Samui, because I most of all love beautiful nature and uncrowded sights. By the way, there also casuarinas grow on the shore, which I also love.

In the glass house to the left of the pagoda (if facing the sea) there is a boat inside and a monk's statue. This is a statue, not a mummy. Read more about mummified monks in my other post.

Baby buddha

Rattanakosin Jaidee, aka Rattanakosin Chedi,she is Buddha Jaidee, she is Baby Buddha Chedi, Baby Buddha or Little Buddha. The pagoda is not popular with Russian turgidov, but I regularly noticed there tourists from Asia. It is located on the top of a hill that stands next to the Lam So Pagoda. This is exactly the hill on which lightning twice destroyed the golden pagoda, after which it was moved down.

A holy place is never empty - the Thais have built herethe pagoda is smaller in size, painted it white and laid inside the relics of the Buddha brought from Sri Lanka. On the territory around the Rattanakosin Pagoda there is a place for meditation, monks' houses, a sculptural ensemble of Buddha: lying, sitting, and even a little Buddha with a finger raised to the sky.

Since this is a hill, then consider that, in addition to the pagoda, you will also visit the observation deck. Above there is a nice view to the east and south, as well as here is a great place to meet the sunset.

Parking on the hill Rattanakosin Chedi

Parking on the hill Rattanakosin Chedi

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.
View of Naha and Lamai

View of Naha and Lamai

Top of the Lam So Pagoda Below

Top of the Lam So Pagoda Below

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.
Baby Buddha Pagoda behind the reclining Buddha

Baby Buddha Pagoda behind the reclining Buddha

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

Laem Sor Pagoda and Little Buddha is a very atmospheric place.

I highly recommend visiting Baby Baby too, she is very close there. Not that the views were stunning, but without a visit to this lookout, my personal trip would not be complete.

Information to visit

Observe the dress code, that's all you need to know.about visiting both pagodas. Access is open around the clock, but at nightfall there is absolutely nothing to do there, except to run away from the dogs. Parking is free. The entrance to the hill with Baby Buddha is very, I repeat - very, very cool. Dangerous cool. And what is bad - it is also not straight, but with a turn of 90 degrees in the middle, in short - I recommend to call in only to experienced drivers, people there struggle regularly.

On the map

Attractions around the Lam So Pagoda

Rattanakosin Pagoda:
Lam So Pagoda (Laem Sor Pagoda):
Statue of a seated monk with ships:
Temple Boat:

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