Wat Phra Yai or Big Buddha Temple is the landmark of Koh Samui. The Big Buddha Temple is located on Bangrak Beach, in the north-east of the island. The main attraction is the 12-meter high, golden Buddha statue. The statue was built in 1972 on a small island.
Koh Samui and the island on which the Wat Prah Yai stands are connected by a dam. The statue was built on a raised platform, which can be reached by a stairway, flanked by Nagas (mythological snakes). The platform offers a great view of the neighboring island of Koh Phangan as well as the Bangrak Beach. The Big Buddha is administratively connected to the nearby Wat Plai Laem.