Panorama of the Week: Budai, The Laughing Buddha

Have you ever temporarily settled down somewhere only to find out that when it comes time to leave, you are left to squeeze in the nearby sights in your final days?

In our version of this story, we took our motorbike all the way around Koh Samui island last weekend to catch some new sights. Along our way, we found Budai, the Laughing Buddha. Although the nearby Big Buddha often steals the attention of guidebooks, it’s this rather prosperous looking Chinese-style Buddha that caught ours.

We are told that Budai usually represents contentment. So contended is he that even his ears are fat. Now that is a heck of a lot of satisfaction.

360-Degree Panorama: The Laughing Buddha on Koh Samui Island in Thailand

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  1. says

    @Sarah: That’s the goal of these panoramas – to make people feel like they get a sense of what it’s like really being there. Glad it worked!

    @Matt: You’ve got a deal – a little hardware, a little software and a touch of magic :)

    @Mina: Yes, it’s a much better experience to hit full screen and move around the image. Glad you had such a fun time with this.

  2. says

    Yeah I have been there you think you have all the time in the world only to discover there are so many things you are going to miss out on so now you are rushing to see them.

  3. says

    @Kirk: Koh Samui was a surprise in many ways. More generally, I suppose every place we visit is the way that you described: after you are done “seeing” a place, you realize you’ve only just begun.


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