The Big Buddha Hill is a complex of religious monuments and the statue of Buddha is the most popular one. In this statue, Buddha is sitting in a lotus with a smile on face and it is located on the top of the hill. A decorated staircase of 120 steps leads to the statue. With a small donation, a monk will read a prayer for you and a souvenir shop is also located at the top. A park is spread over the most of the hill with numerous jogging paths, shops, gym and a gazebo. Here, you will also find locals selling small birds. People buy these birds and release them which is considered as a good omen. From the top, you can also admire the stunning views of the city and bay.
Wat Phra Khao Yai and Big Buddha Statue
Between the central Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, two small hills are situated. These hills are really close to each other and look like one hill. At the top of Pratumnak Hill, a huge 18 meters tall statue of Buddha is situated which is the largest in Pattaya. Once this statue was white but now it is covered with gold. It has become a landmark of Pattaya and one of the most visited attractions in the city. On the other hill, the temple of Wat Phra Khao Yai is situated. This Buddhist temple is visited by many travelers and locals come here to worship at the temple.
The Buddha Hill is located between the Pratamnak Road and Thappraya Road. This temple is open around the clock and can be visited on any day. Admission is free. To reach the Buddha Hill and explore all the surrounding attraction, book a rental car in Pattaya.