Attraction Lameso Pagoda Ko Samui District Surat Thani Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Laem Sor Pagoda is special ?
Laem Sor Pagoda is located in the South Western part of Koh Samui very to close Bang Kao village. If you follow Route 4170 past the village Baan Bang Kao you will see the road become a smaller road this road leads to the beach which is where the pagoda proudly sits.
Quick word, as with all Buddhist temples shrines and the like, it is important not to disrespect these places of worship, so pleased dress appropriately. Thai’s are very tolerant people and will forgive small faux pas. However, giving a monk a knuckle rub on his head is a big no no.
Laem Sor Pagoda or Chedi laem Sor is it is also known locally as, is a fully operational temple, where people come to worship. The temple itself shines like a golden beacon from a distance, the temple is not made from gold, but instead, bright yellow tiles were used in its construction, giving it this glow. Set close to the beach and the azure waters of Samui, give it an even more beautiful appearance when the sun is shining brightly.
What to explore at Laem Sor Pagoda?
The entrance to the Pagoda is closely guarded by to huge giant statues both of these statues are holding large swords and will slay anyone that is offensive, and behind these two colossus stands a beautiful coloured image of Buddha.
Further along the road you will find a a building named the boat hut and inside here you will find a wax figure of the monk who built the temple, he sits proudly in a small boat, all this is very visible through the large glass windows.
The monk is highly revered by the locals, many come here to pray directly to him, you can purchase a small boat yourself from the store nearby and make a wish or say a pray and place the boat inside the building.
There is a small forest with a lake very close by, and there are tables and chairs where you can sit relax and maybe even eat a small snack, a small solace form the midday sun. Part of this temple complex just up the hill from there lays another pagoda called Khao Chedi. This temple is white it is a little further up the hill and does involve some walking, but once up there you will witness some very stunning views of the area so best take a camera.
Being located on a beach Laem Sor Pagoda means that you can visit any time and there are no fees to enter, but you can make small donations if you like. Obviously during daylight the pagoda looks at its best with its beautiful golden hue.
Koh Samui is a beautiful Island with some dramatic views, and the drive down to see the Pagoda here is no exception. There is no doubt that this is a very special shrine and well worth the visit. Also worth a visit is Wat Khunaram and Big Buddha too.
How to get to Laem Sor Pagoda?
The Laem Sor Pagoda is located in the South Western corner of Koh Samui close to Bang Kao village. Following the main road, Route 4170, just past the village of Baan Bang Kao there is a turn to a smaller road leading to the beach where the pagoda is. This location is relatively far away from the beach resorts on the Eastern side of the island.
The best way to get there would be by taxi. Make sure the driver turns on the meter or agree on the price before leaving. If you book a return trip, the driver will wait for you.
- “Pagoda by the beach”
- “Lovely Pagoda”
- “A hidden gem”
- “Worth exploring”
- “Temple with good view”
Lameso Pagoda Ko Samui District Surat Thani Thailand
Tips for you
We did the Laem Sor Pagoda as part of a day trip visiting temples and religious sites along the south coast of Koh Samui, hiring a taxi for about 1500 bht ($48) for the trip (3-4 hours). Wat Laem Sor lies at the most southerly part of the island, a temple area apparently constructed in the shape of a boat (a design which can only be seen from the hills beyond). It’s a kilometer or so off the main 4170 road but not well-marked so I’m not sure whether we’d have found it on our own. As we pulled up to Bang Kao beach, on the temple grounds we saw an ornately designed chedi sitting at the rocky water’s edge. Covered in thousands and thousands of small yellow tiles, it appears golden when viewed from a short distance. To the west of the chedi is what appears to be a lake with mangrove trees and, with global warming, and the rising seas, it looks as though the shore here is being significantly eroded. A few metres to the east of the chedi we saw a low glass-fronted building, the Boat Hall. Inside the hall is a wooden boat and on the boat a glass case containing the mummified body of Pho Luang Dang, the monk who built the chedi. Famed for his meditation skills, he liked nothing better than to take a boat and visit one of the small islands offshore and spend some time there meditating. The Boat Hall was built after his death and in it are, in addition to the large boat, dozens of small models of boats. Apparently people pray to the monk and if their wishes are granted they purchase a model boat and place it in the Boat Hall as a gesture of thanks. We tried the doors but unfortunately they were locked so we could only gaze on this panorama from outside the glass. Also in the Wat Laem Sor grounds, but a bit of a distance away, lies the Khao (mountain) Chedi. Apparently until recently this site was a ruin but it is now being rehabilitated. A fairly steep concrete road, which our taxi driver decided was too steep for her vehicle, travels up a small mountain, at the top of which can be reached stone stairs; at the top of these lies the temple chedi site. A graceful white pagoda, surrounded with many white and gold Buddhas, a large white boy-Buddha, and several shrines, including a large bell, beneath which a tableau of Buddhas being watched by Bambi was installed, greet the visitor. From the top, the panorama of Laem Sor Bay and the nearby islands is beautiful. Both chedis, the beachside golden one and the mountain top white one, are said to contain “bone-chips” of the Buddha in their foundations. Recommended. See more pictures here: http://lmaclean.ca/2011/12/koh-samui-south-island-temple-tour/