The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place

Wat Plai Laem is located in the north of the island, near from Big Buddhanear Chaweng. It is more correct to call it Wat Play Lam, but thanks to the transliteration of Thai sounds into the Latin alphabet, Russian-speaking tourists call it mainly “Laem”. Whatever it was, the temple complex consists of three buildings built on stilts in the middle of an artificial reservoir: the statue of the goddess Kuan Yin, the statue of Hottei, and the very temple Plai Laem in the center of the ensemble. Opposite them, on the shore of the pond, there is another temple, the older and canonical Wat Lam Suvannaram.

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Wat Plai Laem - temple complex on the pond

The place is very popular with tourists thataffects the number of people who are constantly there, but still, in my opinion, be sure to visit. It is very unusual and not just stands out on the scale of the island, but will appeal to even the experienced traveler. And I, who probably saw under a hundred Thai temples, really liked this complex. But I, in principle, like to look at the architectural incarnations of the Thais' fantasy, so perhaps there is a bit of bias here - this you already decide when you visit this part of Koh Samui.

Despite not the most pleasant weather and grayThe sky, as you see, I got great shots - there is something sparkling on every building, the place is so bright and colorful. I even confess that the first thought that it was in my head was to get quadrics and shoot everything from the air. Only here the quadcopter did not come with me this time, unfortunately. I had to walk across a huge area with a simple camera and notice all the details of the sights.

If you stand facing the pond in the center of the complex,Opposite you will be the central building of the Play Lamb complex - the Play Lam Temple. It is considered obligatory to take off your shoes immediately after you pass the bridge over the pond, in front of the temple steps. Some have done this before, but this has its fanatics in everything, so do not pay attention.

Play Lamb from the front is a very beautiful building, especially in sunny weather.

Play Lamb from the front is a very beautiful building, especially in sunny weather.

Do not forget to take off your shoes before entering the temple

Do not forget to take off your shoes before entering the temple

The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place
The Temple of Play Lam from the inside, the walls are decorated with pictures of Ramayana

The Temple of Play Lam from the inside, the walls are decorated with pictures of Ramayana

The central building of the complex is the Play Laem Temple

The central building of the complex is the Play Laem Temple

Behind you will remain the old temple, whichconstantly closed to the public. Usually, cars and scooters are all left near him, although this is not the shady place on the site. There is a small ascetic sculpture near the temple, which is revered in Thailand along with Chinese gods and Hindu gods - Thais are very tolerant in terms of religion.

And this is an old temple on the shore, which is constantly closed.

And this is an old temple on the shore, which is constantly closed.

An ascetic is sitting near the temple.

An ascetic is sitting near the temple.

Very Thai photo: crematorium, a temple, a table under a tree, puddles and a speed bump on an earthen road.

Very Thai photo: crematorium, a temple, a table under a tree, puddles and a speed bump on an earthen road.

The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place

To your left will be a small area and coveredconstruction, a place where they receive the blessing of monks. From this building there is a bridge to Hottay - a Buddhist deity, surrounded by various sculptures from Hinduism. By the way, next to the place for blessings, there are old vending machines that, for 20 baht, pour out a plate of fish food to you, which are teeming with the pond. At the entrance to the bridge there is a small pool with plastic balls from kinder surprises, inside which there are predictions, and you have to catch one of them with a special net, for a modest fee of course. Still to the left of the statue of Hottei, on the bank of the pond there is one of the largest stores with shells and ornaments made of shells, there is a choice like in a museum, the prices are quite reasonable and even it will be very interesting to take a look.

This is Hottay. Around him are Hindu deities smaller in size.

This is Hottay. Around him are Hindu deities smaller in size.

The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place
Here, for example, Brahma

Here, for example, Brahma

The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place

To the right of you and from the temple of Plai Laem, on the pondThe multi-handled statue of the Chinese goddess, Mother of Mercy Kuan Yin, is located. Opposite it, the bridge rests against a green, shady stretch of shore with a lawn, on which it is not forbidden to sit or lie down - the main thing is to check that there are no chickens before you here, who are dark here. Immediately I tell parents of babies - roosters can be aggressive, and the chickens are also not particularly kind when someone climbs to the chickens, so do not let the baby go far away from you, otherwise you will get it in your eye. In this corner of the pond there is a free approach to the water and that is why it is here that the largest crowd of people is observed during the holiday of Loi Kratong.

View of the complex from the school

View of the complex from the school

This is not Buddha or Shiva. This Chinese goddess multi-handed Kuan Yin

This is not Buddha or Shiva. This Chinese goddess multi-handed Kuan Yin

The temple complex of Play Laem is a tourist, but very beautiful place
In the shade, you can sit down and eat - this is normal in Thailand

In the shade, you can sit down and eat - this is normal in Thailand

Buddha Trail, one of the three on Samui

Buddha Trail, one of the three on Samui

Information to visit

Getting here is easy. If you drive from Bang Raka, the same road as the Big Buddha, you only need to travel half a kilometer further, there will be a crossroads with the only 7-Eleven convenience store in the entire Play Lam. Cross in any direction to the nearest exit to the temple. You can call on both sides. As a guideline, there is always a noise from the school at the temple, there are many children in green uniform running around the street, so you need to drive carefully in that edge. The entrance to the territory is available around the clock, the territory is not closed at night. Parking may have problems during the holidays, keep this in mind if you are driving.

On certain days there are temple fairs.(Schedules do not exist in nature, do not even look, the schedule is quite random), and on major Buddhist holidays there are services and events. By the way, a beautiful holiday Loy Krathongwho all run taking pictures on the lakeChaweng (such as the largest freshwater reservoir) looks best on the pond of the Play Lam temple. There are always fewer people here, the scale of the location is also smaller, which creates a feeling of comfort and peace.

On the territory of the complex should observe a strict dress code.

On the territory of the complex should observe a strict dress code.

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Play Lam Temple Complex

Play Lam Temple Complex
A modern temple complex with a large pond and temple in a mixed Sino-Indian-Thai style, with many sculptures, including the Laughing Hottei and the multi-armed goddess Guanyin.
Read more about the temple complex.

View of the complex from the school

Modern temple complex with a large pond andtemple in a mixed Sino-Indian-Thai style, with many sculptures, including the Laughing Hottai and the multi-armed goddess Guanyin. More about the temple complex.

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