Wat Plai Laem

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Statue of Guanyin at Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui, Thailand
Statue of Budai
Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui, Thailand

Wat Plai Laem is a Buddhist temple on the resort island of Ko Samui, Thailand. Like the nearby Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha Temple, it is a modern temple created in recent times. Its main statue is not of Gautama Buddha but of Guanyin, the "goddess" of compassion and mercy. The statue is in Chinese style, with 18 arms, and though open-air located within an elaborate ubusot is on a platform-pavilion surrounded by the temple lake. The temple's design, though modern, incorporates elements of Chinese and Thai traditions and was in part designed by distinguished Thai artist, Jarit Phumdonming. In addition to the main Guanyin statue, there is also a white statue of Budai and smaller shrines dedicated to Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva and Sakka.[1][2]

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Coordinates: 9°34′18″N 100°04′00″E / 9.5716°N 100.0666°E / 9.5716; 100.0666