About Wat Phra Khao Yai (“Big Buddha Hill”)

The so-called “Big Buddha” certainly deserves its name, being the biggest in the region at 18 meters in height. Positioned nearly 100 meters above sea level, it watches over Pattaya and Jomtien Beaches from its position on the hill dividing the two. The temple complex around the highly detailed golden seated Buddha creates a reflective mood, thanks to its many bells, burning incense, numerous smaller statues and impressive views over the area. Not just a tourist attraction, the site is an active temple, with locals frequently visiting to pray. This giant 18-meter-tall golden statue of the Buddha reflecting peace and spirituality perches atop the wooded Pratamnak Hill south of Pattaya. Climb the steep stairs, adorned on both sides with golden Naga snakes, to see the statue up close and admire the several smaller Buddhas surrounding it. Many local people come here to pray for their well-being, happiness, and prosperity. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views over Pattaya and the bay from the top of the hill.

Must See

Large lakeside Buddhist temple complex.

Buddha Statue located on top of Pratamnak Hill

Nice views of the Pattaya Bay area as you drive up.


How to reach

Walking: You can reach there in 9 hours and 15 minutes. It's about 59.2 km from Pattaya city center via route no 7 and 9.

Car:  You can reach there in 2 hours 15 minutes. It's about 57.7 km via a pass by Green hotel south of Pattaya route no 7 and 9.

Bike: You can reach there within 2 hours 36 minutes via route no 7.


  • Wear long dresses and cover shoulders.
  • Bring a
  • camera to capture the lovely view.
  • Guides are not available.
  • Toilet facility available.
  • Religious importance among the locals so respect the religious sentiments.
  • Can light incense sticks as part of your prayer.

Visit Time

Sunday:       6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday:      6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday:      6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday:     6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday:         6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:     6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

10 minutes


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Entrance Fee



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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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