Kao Chee Jan Pattaya
One of Pattaya’s most noticeable landmarks is the 130 meters high Buddha Mountain. A
huge golden Buddha image is carved 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 celebrat the 50 th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s
accession to the throne. During the Vietnam War, the Thai Army used Khao Cheejan
mountain for it’s mining efforts. The stones were used at U-tapao airport, which it was at the
time an American army base. After the war mining continued for construction purposes until
The Buddha image was depicted on the rock using laser technology. After that, it was inlaid
with gold leaf, a processes that took months to complete. The impressive Sukhothai era
Buddha image is 130 meters hing and 70 meters wide, making it one of the biggest Buddha
images in the world.
Buddha mountain is set in beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a number of salas (open
pavilions) and pools filed with lotus flowers giving the place a tranquil and peaceful
atmosphere. There is 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 magnificent temple complex. This complex also including the 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, it will be the best
choice to visit and a great day out. If you are going to nearby Nongnooch Tropical Gardens,
Buddha Mountain is a nice place to stop on the way.