Thailand is the place where two different religions; Buddha and Hinduism joined together in harmony as their respective religion believers works together in the cooperative and hospitable society. These creates various religious sites and sanctuaries that adds several more things to do in Pattaya that you can visit during your stay in one of the largest tourism spot in Thailand. Whatever you do in Pattaya, you will never get bored in your stay as there are a lot of Pattaya attractions that can keep you in company in any time, any day throughout the year.
One of the religious Pattaya attractions that you can visit on daytime is the Wat Phra Yai, which roughly translates as Big Buddha Hill in English. This particular hill is located in the peak of Pratumnak Hill, where you can’t miss the sight of giant golden Buddha statue that backs away from Jomtien Beach in Pattaya. Between the enormous Buddha statue also lies the Wat Phra Yai temple that has been standing tall since 1940s during the time where Pattaya is just a small, quaint fisherman village that rest on the shore of Gulf of Thailand. Nowadays, this little temple has transformed into one of the favorite things to do in Pattaya that offers a serene atmosphere and graceful statues that attracts millions of visitor coming to this place for many years.
- How to get there and admission fees
The Pratumnak Hill is located just on the southern part of Pattaya city that is about 2 kilometers from the city premises. You can easily reach this place by riding on a bus called as ‘songtaew’ in local words, which only cost you for about 200 baht for a one way trip. You can also opt to use the motorcycle taxi or calling on metered cab to take you there. Fortunately the admission fee is free of charge, where anyone can visit the temple without any additional charges.
- What to do in Wat Phra Yai
The main attraction of Wat Phra Yai is the enourmous Buddha statue that overlooks the whole hill area. This gigantic Buddha statue can easily be seen through the sea of trees that surrounds it. Along the path and stairways to the statue, you will be presented with the intricate design of reliefs and sculptures that depicts religious references of the Buddha’s struggle in reaching the Nirvana and various events that is described in Buddhism scriptures and teachings. The stairs and pathways are relatively sloping, where young teens and elders finds no difficulty in ascending up to the top of the hill.
On the top of the hill, you can also pose with several smaller statues representing the states of enlightenment in Buddhism religion. These smaller statue also represents various days in a week, where if you are posing on the correct statue as the day you visit the temple, you will be given a good fortune in your life. You can also ring the bells that resides on the shrine nearby, where you can pray for a good luck for the rest of the year.