One of Pattaya’s most noticeable landmarks is the 130 meters high Buddha Mountain. A huge golden Buddha image is depicted on the mountain, which is also called Khao Cheejan and can be seen from miles away.
The Buddha image that is officially called Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Uttamopat Satsada was created in 1996 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession the the throne.
During the Vietnam War the Thai Army used Khao Cheejan mountain for its mining efforts. The stones were used at U-Tapao airport, which was at the time an American army base. After the war mining continued for construction purposes until 1976.
130 Meter tall Buddha image carved out of the rock
The Buddha image was carved out of the rock using laser technology. After that, it was inlaid with gold leaf, a process that took months to complete. The impressive Sukhothai era Buddha image is 130 meters high and 70 meters wide, making it one of the biggest Buddha images in the world.
Buddha Mountain, which is also called Khao Cheejan or Khao Chee Chan, is set in beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a number of salas (open pavilions) and pools filled with lotus flowers giving the place a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.
There is also a number of shrines where Thai people come to pay homage. A number of signs in English language provide information about the history of the place.
Other places to see near Buddha Mountain
From Buddha Mountain you can see nearby Wat Yansangwararam in the distance, a large and beautiful temple complex.
This complex also houses the Viharn Sien, a Chinese temple and museum that has one of the best collections of Chinese artifacts and antiques in Thailand. Since they are just a few kilometers apart, combined they make for a great day out.
If you are going to nearby Nong Nooch tropical gardens, Buddha Mountain is a nice place to stop on the way.
How to get to Buddha Mountain
Buddha Mountain is located around 15 kilometers South of Pattaya City.
To get there, you can charter a songthaew baht bus. Negotiate the price with the driver. If you prefer a taxi, most hotels in Pattaya will be able to book one for you. Agree on the price before leaving.
If you want to visit Buddha Mountain, Wat Yansangwararam and Viharn Sien in one day, the most comfortable option would be to book the taxi for the day so the driver will wait for you at each place.
Admission & opening hours
Opening hours are from 8 am until 5 pm. Admission is free.