Discover Wat Chalong - Phuket
There are about 29 Buddhist temples located within the city of Phuket. However, among all of these spiritual structures, the most important one would have to be Wat Chalong. This temple is dedicated to two very important Buddhist figures namely, Luang Pho Chuang and Luang Pho Chaem, who – during the Chinese rebellion in 1876 – led the rebelling citizens, and healed the injured through their extensive knowledge of herbal medicine. Today, locals flock to this monument to pay their respects and say their prayers, as the watchful eyes of the golden statues and images of the revered monks and Buddha, calmly greet them with peace.
Besides its immense and important history, the area of Wat Chalong houses some of the most beautiful buildings that can be found in Thailand. Their most famous one would be the Grand Pagoda, which stands 60 meters tall, and is believed to hold the actual bone splinter of the Buddha. Its towering presence is composed of three levels, where the first two are decorated with intricately detailed murals and the images of Buddha, while the topmost level is reserved for the viewing deck. It is here where tourists can take an aerial shot of the temple’s grounds and, at the same time, spot the Big Buddha of Phuket in the distance. Travelers, who wish to visit as many temples in Phuket as possible, are in luck. There are other temples and religious sites that can be easily accessed by songthaew or by foot – if they are willing. There is the Jui Tui Shrine, which is located in the city’s main market; Wat Khao Ran, which is seated in the slope of Rang Hill, and Wat Phra Thong, which is found near the Thalang district office, just to name a few.
Trip Guru would like to remind travelers that although Wat Chalong is a popular tourist attraction, it is a place that demands great respect. Visitors must always remove their footwear outside before entering any temple, cover their shoulders and knees when entering the vicinity, and speak in hushed tones – so that the monks and frequent visitors may meditate and pray in peace.
Given the popularity of Wat Chalong, getting there is quite simple. There are many signs in Phuket that point towards this attraction and are written in both English and Thai, and transportation, like songthaews and tuktuks, will definitely bring you there. Wat Chalong is opened from 7:00AM to 5:00PM and has no entrance fee. However, it is always better to leave a reasonable donation.