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Must Visit Temples in Koh Samui – A Spiritual Dose of Koh Samui

Known more for its wild and happening appeal, the spiritual side of Koh Samui is often overlooked. But if ventured, it sure does offer another version of this island which is equally interesting.

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Samui Big Buddha

Buddhism is big in Koh Samui and most of the temples found here are Buddhist places of worship. The Samui Big Buddha is grand and majestic. It is located on a small rocky island called Koh Faan that is found slightly north of Bophut. Locally this temple is known as the Wat Phra Yai and the reason for its significance looms before you at a height of 12 meters. The large Golden Buddha will draw your attention to this temple long before you enter its vicinity. To top its majestic aura the temple also happens to have a historical significance since it was constructed several decades ago.

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Wat Pla Liem

Now, this is one interesting Buddhist Temple, for the Buddha statue here, resembles a Hindu God. Located in the northeast region of Samui, the Wat Pla Liem is a tranquil spot to visit. The 18 arm statue of Guanyin is only the start of the highlights here, for the location alone can do wonders for the soul. Guanyin is considered the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion making this temple emanates an exceptional ambience of peace and tranquillity. Explore this temple for a good dose of Chinese Buddhism and some fine traditional architecture as well.

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Secret Buddha Garden

Now, this is one temple that flaunts some absolutely majestic scenery and actually feels like a secret Buddhist Garden. Located high on the hills of the heart of Samui this temple flaunts some remarkable views all around. The statues here are rather unusual which makes this place even more interesting. For a good dose of bliss, the garden here does wonder.

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Wat Khunaram

Yet another interesting temple in the island, this place is known above all for the mummified remains of a highly venerated monk called Luong Pordaeng. The monk died in the year 1973, and his remains stand even today. What is even more interesting about this mummy is that it is preserved in a seated meditative position and that even though a whole 40 years have passed very little decay is evident on the remains. The temple is also a great place to get your hands on Buddhist amulets which many believe have miraculous powers.

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Wat Namtok Hin Lad

Arguably the most scenic place in a temple, the Wat Namtok Hin Lad has aptly been named the waterfall temple. Located in the midst of a lush evergreen jungle, this temple flaunts the most beautiful backdrop. A great place for meditation and a day out with the family, this is one destination that must not be missed. There is also a forest monastery here, which gets rather busy on the weekends. While you are exploring book one of the hotels in Chaweng Koh Samui for the night. The Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort is one option that can be considered