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Wat Plai Laem

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If you only visit one temple on Ko Samui, make it Wat Plai Laem. The active Buddhist temple boasts several eye-grabbing statues on either side of an ordination hall that appears to float above a pond filled with fish.

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Wat Plai Laem’s most prominent features were created in the early 2000s with guidance from Thai artist, Jarit Phumdonming. Like the nearby Big Buddha Temple, it’s a classic case of Thai people constructing iconic Buddhist images that highlight the wealth and prominence of a place (in this case Ko Samui). Some will find the bright colours and grinning statues garish, but overall we feel that Wat Plai Laem is a positive example of traditional Thai and Chinese-Thai temple design, executed with a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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