Nonetheless, this imposing Buddha is a jaw-dropper and stands in stark contrast to the surrounding flat landscape.
Even more astonishing is the artwork and imagery inside the temple, with Buddhist depictions of heaven and hell reminiscent of the visionary works of Hieronymus Bosch adorning the interior walls.
The #27 bus from Kota Bharu central terminal will stop at the temple and you can catch it on the return trip back. One-way is 2/2.60 ringgit (0.60 being the additional foreigner fee).
Do note to ask when the bus's final return trip is for the day, or you may find yourself stranded. There are a few recent guesthouse additions in the area if you're interested in further exploring of the area (or you get stranded).
By Vanessa Workman
Last updated on 10th October, 2013.