Khao Chi Chan buddha is a well known and visited mountain next to Sathahip, not far from Pattya. He is known for his large Buddha image drawn on the rock wall. Nestled in Ban Chi Chan, Khao Chi Chan is a huge hill with a contour of Buddha engraved on it in gold attracting a large number of tourists.
Khao Chi Chan is a huge limestone hill adorned with the largest carved stone Buddha in the world, created by His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch. The idol was created to honor the 50th anniversary of the accession of His Majesty the King in 1996.
The image of the Buddha sitting in the style of Pang Man Wichai as Phrawarachabopit was created at different stages, beginning with a software design. The same design was then laser etched on the hill, with most of the work done at night for the visibility of the laser beams. Then, the sculpture was carved on the hill and covered with a golden mosaic scintillating under the effect of the sun’s rays.
The sculpture was named “Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Uttamobhas Sassada”, which means “the Buddha with splendor and sublimity” by His Majesty. Once a hub of the construction industry, this 130-meter high image is now a major tourist attraction that inspires visitors.