Excursions, Koh Samui, Temples — 20 September 2013 16 h 55 min

Secret Buddha Garden, Koh Samui.

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Secret Buddha Garden, Koh Samui.

Hidden in the hills from Koh Samui surrounded by a lush jungle, visitors find the Secret Buddha Garden,created by an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk.

From 1976 until his death on the age of 91 Khun Nim filled the garden on his families land with statues of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of Khun Nim himself, in a relaxed position sitting on a rock.

The garden surroundings are cool and peaceful, with a waterfall and stream flowing through, all shaded by a thick jungle, and each visit brings some new discoveries.

Khun Nim the Garden’s created used to be an innovative durian farmer, but on retirement, he opened the garden for the public, and worked with a small team to sculpture all the statues in the garden, from which many have some Buddhist folklore touch to them.

Secret Buddha Garden sits atop the Tar Nim Waterfall peak. The views from within gardens and on the road leading up to it are spectacular, with many stops to enjoy the island panorama along the way.

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