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Why Wat Sila Ngu Temple is special ?
Wat Sila Ngu is on the beach side between Lamai and Hua Thanon. It is a really very quiet place when you go down from the recently renovated Chedi to the cache. At present (2011) there are three monks living in the temple. It was founded in 1935 and the chedi contains the bones of the founder Mr. Seeton and of a very big golden coloured snake that died at that location. This snake was the reason for Mr. Seeton to create the idea for a temple. Sila Ngu means “Golden Snake”.
Said to contain a relic of the Lord Buddha, the golden chedi facing the temple's entrance is a popular place of worship. Many local travelling shows and even visiting TV stars sometimes use the temple grounds here for their performances.
What to explore at Wat Sila Ngu Temple?
As many locals believe that this temple is a relic of the Lord Buddha, you will always find many devotees at this wat. As the temple is near the beach, you will enjoy the sea breeze and shopping opportunities.
Nearby shops and stores sell a number of locally made art, crafts, and souvenirs with visitors often enjoying the bargain shopping.
The temple’s convenient location makes it a popular tourist spot as the wat boasts a lovely seated area overlooking the scenic bay of Koh Samui. Undoubtedly, it’s great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of the coastline.
Inside the temple, you will see some beautiful artworks, sculptures and beautiful Buddhist illustrations. The wat’s beautiful decor represents Koh Samui’s art, tradition and Buddhist culture.
Wat Sila Ngu’s Buddhist sculptures also showcase the century-old artwork and architecture of Thailand, which inspires devotees in their spiritual faith. Unquestionably, this wat is one of the finest examples of Buddhist architecture in Asia.
The temple’s wonderful serene setting, breathtaking beach view and beautiful sculptures will delight all visitors to this beautiful wat
- “Pretty temple in pink”
- “Worth for a stop”
- "The beautiful artwork"
- "Great view overlooking the bay"
- "A beautiful building"
Ko Samui, Thailand
Tips for you
Wat Sila Ngu is easily located along the main ring road in Koh Samui. A beautiful building made form oink rock, it is recommended to visit it during your Ko Samui vacation. It also overlooks the beach. Can be visited in conjunction with a trip down to the Namuang Waterfall, the Laem Sor Pagoda, etc.