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Please take off your shoes.

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

 

And here we are. On top of the mountains of Phuket, 400 meters high. We forced our rented moped up the winding roads to  one of the top sights of Phuket: the Big Buddha.

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

The temple is currently still in the making but the Big Buddha statue itself is already completed. The 45m high statue can be seen from any road down in Karon and surroundings. It almost seemed so far away that I didn’t think we would ever make it. But patience is the key.

 

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

Up on the hill and already at the parking lot, we were met by the sounds of chimes. In every tree or branch of any kind were small bells with names and dates engraved in them, which you could purchase at the shop and hang up somewhere. I wish I had bought one to take it home with me, but it would have felt a little out of place in my overly european apartment.

 

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

The highlight of the trip though was the buddhist monk who greeted all visitors who wanted with a blessing and a bracelet. And call it superstition or not, it was totally working! The rest of our vacation was accident and trouble free. ;)

 

 

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