GUAN YU SHRINE
When driving along Samui’s Ring Road, south of our Koh Samui Resort, you will notice a “big red head” built on the top of a building. This is the “Guan Yu shrine”, the most recent addition to Samui sightseeing temples. Guan Yu Shrine is a 16-metre bronze statue, built by a Chinese islander as a celebration of Chinese heritage.
So who is Guan Yu? Also known as Yunchang, Guan Yu was a general during the Tonghan Dynasty era of China. He played a big role during the civil war that leaded the demise of the Han Dynasty. Thanks to his outstanding military talents, he is revered as the a God of War. Since his death in year 219, more and more Chinese people honor and pay respect to him for his moral characteristics: loyalty, honesty, righteousness, humanity, and courage. Buddhists believe that paying homage to Guan Yu will return fortune and wealth.
Guan Yu shrine is fundamental meeting point for Chinese community in Koh Samui, especially during Chinese New Year celebrations in February. Guan Yu Shrine is located in the southern town of Hua Thanon, just south of Lamai on Koh Samui’s Ring Road.
It is a 2-minutes drive from Mercure Koh Samui Beach resort, or a 21-miutes walk on Lamai Beach.