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Wat Plai Laem, Koh Samui - Thailand

Shiva Statue, Wat Plai Laem Wat Plai Laem

Close to Wat Phra Yai is another temple complex, Wat Plai Laem.  A larger temple complete with school, Wat Plai Laem also has its oversized statues.  There's a small lake inside the complex on which the main sanctuary seemingly floats on a lotus flower.  It's flanked on one side by a huge fat Buddha, also on its own tiny island.  To the other side is a towering 18-armed statue of the Hindu deity Shiva, sat atop a dragon.

It's a very surreal temple, built seemingly in competition for visitors with the Big Buddha – and definitely worth a visit.

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