Chaweng Pagoda - lookout with 360 degree view

Of the ten churches I have seen on the islandSamui, the temple of Wat Khao Hua Jook is immediately highlighted by the successful coincidence of several parameters of the “Ideal Landmark” at the same time. The main structure of the temple - the pagoda (chedi), is a bright exotic structure. It is easy to find, it stands on a decent elevation, but it is easy to enter there, and this elevation is open on all sides. That is, a review without jokes - all 360 degrees. Except maybe a pair of tops of especially tall trees.

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Temple and Pagoda on Chaweng

To the above, I can onlyadd that at the very top of the hill there is enough space for parking any kind of equipment, and the area around the temple and pagoda Khao Hua Chok (Khao Hua Jok, Khao Hua Juk) is beautiful and, more importantly, a safe balcony for walking with children. From parking to the pagoda, you have three or four flights of stairs on foot, which may seem a little difficult in the heat of the heat.

The story of the pagoda nearby I did not see how itIt usually happens in such places - they hang a short squeeze on the stand. But I know for sure that in 2016 the pagoda survived a major reconstruction, increased in size, and outwardly changed for the better, however, the bells became very lacking. Previously, there was a cable with bells hanging over the railing around the perimeter, and even a faint gust of wind used to cause a very pleasant melodic chime. In combination with panoramic views, we got a complete “separation of the head”, which is no longer there, alas.

One of the advantages of this place is that you can even see Big buddha, not that the airport and the runway. Given the fact that the planes on Samui land and depart almost every hour, everyone who comes to the hill has a chance to take off or land an airplane. At the lower level of the building there is a fairly spacious platform with concrete tables and benches, you know, classic Thai outdoor furniture. Which does not heat up in the sun and pleasantly cools when you sit down to eat.

View of the pagoda from the side of Chaweng Lake

View of the pagoda from the side of Chaweng Lake

On the left - parking on the side of the road, on the right - the beginning of the stairs to the pagoda

On the left - parking on the side of the road, on the right - the beginning of the stairs to the pagoda

Chaweng Pagoda

Chaweng Pagoda

The entrance to the first level of the pagoda, you have to take off the racket before the stairs

The entrance to the first level of the pagoda, you have to take off the racket before the stairs

Inside the first level of the pagoda

Inside the first level of the pagoda

Inside the second level of the pagoda

Inside the second level of the pagoda

Flooded lowlands of Bang Raka and Phangan on the horizon

Flooded lowlands of Bang Raka and Phangan on the horizon

Takeoff Samui airport and the hills of the area of ​​Play Lam

Takeoff Samui airport and the hills of the area of ​​Play Lam

View of Chaweng and the lake

View of Chaweng and the lake

Khao Hua Chok Pagoda

Khao Hua Chok Pagoda

View towards Bang Rak, visible runway

View towards Bang Rak, visible runway

Information to visit

Entrance to the territory of the pagoda is 20 baht.

On request, you can leave donations - jarsplaced on every corner. Let me remind you that walking here, as in other holy places for Buddhists, is allowed only barefoot. Shoes are usually left at the beginning of the stairs, which is the last before the pagoda. Well, or even blown away before entering the lower room.

Even before you enter the site with the building, there will be toilets for visitors and monks on the right. Do not use those which indicate that these are toilets for monks.

After inspection, when you return back toparking, no need to turn around - this is a one-way road. The exit is right on the course, just keep driving and the road after the turn starts to go down.

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Viewpoint and Wat Khao Hua Jook Temple

Viewpoint and Wat Khao Hua Jook Temple
Beautiful temple and viewpoint, offering a very magnificent panoramic view, including on take-off and landing planes. In the evening, everything is in the lights and beautiful too.
Read more about the pagoda.

Chaweng Pagoda

Beautiful temple and viewpoint, offering a very magnificent panoramic view, including on take-off and landing planes. In the evening, everything is in the lights and also beautiful. In more detail about the pagoda.

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