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Up Buddha Mountain Again

If you want a great view, a bit of off road driving, a temple, some fresh air and more, take a drive up Buddha Mountain. The access road is close to Chalong circle on the road to Wat Chalong. Its about 5km drive, at least half of which is on a dirt road that can be kind of rutted in the wet season (now). But we made it up in our Toyota Corona (albeit wishing we had a Toyota Fortuner). We have been up before (and I have blogged it before - see here), but my wife's mum is visiting so we took her there on Sunday and I wanted to see how building of the Big Buddha (the "Mingmongkol Buddha project) is coming along. Slowly is the answer, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and this Buddha will be 45 meters high when completed. And I reckon I'll be 50 years old by the time it's completed!

The Lonely Builder. How long to take one monk to build a 45 meter Buddha?

The Monk does have some help...

View over Chalong Bay, Koh Lone and Koh He

Prayer Bell and view over Chalong looking towards Cape Panwa

Note : This is an old post from 2006 - for updates on the Big Buddha, see Big Buddha Phuket Photos.

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