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Kuan Yin Temple

Kuan Yin Temple

The Kuan Yin Temple (also known at the Chinese Temple) in Koh Phangan is one of the most visited attractions on the island.

Even though the island is home to more than 20 temples, this one truly stands out for its historical significance and its sheer beauty.

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The temple’s rich history dates back to 1990, when a lady by the name of Mrs Malawan, visited the island. Before her visit, Koh Phangan was an island where most areas didn’t have any electricity.

Mrs Malawan visited the Sangthom Temple from Bangkok, where she presented some robes to the priests. It is said that she had a dream where the Chinese goddess Guan Yin, who is revered as being the female incarnation of Buddha, advised her to establish a firelight on the island. She woke up, determined to realise the request. She then went back to Bangkok to raise the funds needed to have the temple built.

The entire temple was completed in only two years. Today, it is one of the most important and sacred attractions on the island. There are three main buildings that make up the temple; inside it, you will find a statue of the Guan Yin, also revered as the goddess of mercy. Another part of the temple is filled with Taoist deities, where people come to meditate. The third part is dedicated to donations. There is also a magnificent statue of a smiling Buddha. Every year, thousands of tourists and pilgrims alike come to visit the temple whether to meditate, pray, or admire this beautiful place of worship.

When visiting the Chinese Temple in Koh Phangan, or any temple in Thailand, visitors need to keep in mind that it’s necessary to respect Thai and Buddhist culture by dressing and behaving appropriately. Shirts must cover one’s shoulders; and while shorts are allowed, make sure that they are of a decent length. Headwear and shoes are not permitted in the temples.

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