Guide to Samret Temple in Koh Samui, Thailand
In this instalment of iTravel, Jinder had a chance to speak with Khun June, the secretary of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui (TAKS), whose family owns one of the island’s long standing resorts at over 20 years old. Khun June explained that Samui as well as idyllic and tranquil natural beauty, Samui has a wealth of cultural heritage sites and unique temples. Samret Temple (which means ‘accomplishment’) where the interview took place was built more than 100 years ago during the reign of King Rama II.
Samret Temple (which means ‘accomplishment’)
The temple is home to a rare and unusual Buddha image crafted from a piece of beautiful white jade by one of the temple’s founding head monks, who was driven by his religious reverence to travel to Sri Lanka where he was given the jade as a gift to bring back to Thailand. Another outstanding feature of this particular temple is the other unusual Buddha images it houses. Cast from reclaimed coral several years ago, the images are all unique pieces imbibed with a sense of the island’s spiritually and physically. Because of Samui’s beauty and its long traditions of spiritual searches for inner piece, Khun June suggests that this tropical island paradise makes for a peaceful and deeply relaxing romantic couples’ getaway.
Wat Samret is on the left, about 1 kilometre after Hinta Hinyai, but before Huathanon village.
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