Our second day in Koh Samui was a free day, we hired a taxi to take us to the Bang Rak Beach area and visit 2 two of the most popular attractions on the island. The first temple we visited was the Wat Phra Yai, home to the other Big Buddha of Koh Samui (see post on the Mountain Big Buddha) and later we headed to the Wat Plai Laem.
This buddhist compound features an 18-arm statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, a hall with wall to wall paintings depicting buddha’s story, as well as a laughing Buddha statue. Although some of the buildings have traditional Thai architecture, most of the complex is build in Thai-Chinese style.
Guanyin is very highly revered by Chinese people and she “is believed to be a source of unconditional love and a protector of all beings. Her multitude of arms is seen as an illustration of her ability to reach out and provide help across the world. She is also seen as a fertility goddess and many who come here pray for her help in bearing healthy children. As well, Guanyin is believed by some to help protect to sailors at sea”. KoSamui.com