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Buddha temple and witchcraft on Koh Samui

Buddha temple and witchcraft on Koh Samui

Today we went to see the ultimate kitsch gem of the island of Koh Samui: the 1972 build Buddha temple with a 12 meter tall golden Buddha statue sitting at Wat Phra Yai.

We climbed up the wide staircase which is framed by flowing dragons with multiple heads on either side and were rewarded with a great view over the ocean with an amazing sunset and an overlook of the surrounding beaches of Koh Phangan island.

 

Lord Buddha.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Did not count the stairs.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Three headed elephant.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Closest to big Buddha.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Sleeping, sitting, standing.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Monks and Thais come here to give rice, flower, coconut and joss stick offerings to Lord Buddha. Upstairs you can ring big bells and send out a prayer. Downstairs stray dogs are patrolling the area, restaurants, souvenir and T-shirt sellers lure the tourist.

Windy weather. Tattooed monk.
Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui Monk at Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

 

Beautiful flower paintings on the pillars. Flower offerings.
Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui
Looking good in silver. Or gold.
Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Sunset on Koh Samui.

Sunset at Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Before leaving the temple we had our fortune told by the temple’s fortune telling machines that had the blinking lights and coin slots of gambling machines. Each had a different Buddha statue. Tomek chose sleeping Buddha and I took my luck with the last boxed in Buddha.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Insert only five Baht to find out about your future.

Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

My turn.

Fortune telling at Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

The little bulbs lit up going in circles and eventually stopped at one number, underneath which we read our fortunes pinned to the wall.

Fortune telling at Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

Highlight of Tomek’s fortune read: Wishes will be fulfilled, plans accomplished. Fortune approaching. Best of my fortune read: Long journeys will be undertaken safe and sound. Desires will be fulfilled. All is good for you.
Fortune telling at Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui Fortune telling at Buddha Temple Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

It is worth to walk around the area a bit and stroll down to the river (which was dried out during this time of the year) but had impressive colorful statues of holy creatures. Like the up size topless statue of a strange white figure extending one arm or the mermaid and green dragon-fish-horse.

Statues at Buddha Temple Koh Samui

High five.

Statues at Buddha Temple Koh Samui

Not for small man.

Statues at Buddha Temple Koh Samui

Dancing with the statue to the psychedelic flute.

Statues at Buddha Temple Koh Samui

After the visit I felt very high spirited and decided not to return by motorbike but by broom which was waiting right next to the motorbikes. It was a wise choice to take up the broom. Tomek, a master of the fast flying broom technique taught me the basic rules – hold on tight to the broom stick, bend over a bit to the front for optimal balance and pull up the broom to slow down. No speeding or racing with birds is allowed which has caused unnecessary turbulence in the past. As you can see on the picture all worked out just fine. I am flying on a broom!

Flying witch on broom

Unfortunately that witch skill only works near temples and diminished the further I flew, eventually abandoning me and returning to its temple :)

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