Buddhism is a major religion in Thailand and that is reflected by number of Buddhist temples. Wat Chalong, or Chalong Temple built at the beginning on 19th century, is the largest and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket. “Wat” means Buddhist temple.
Entrance to Main temple compound
Amazing Buddhist architecture
Temple’s main hall features a gold covered statue of Luang Poh Cham and this busy hall also contains statues of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, all ex-monks of the temple.
The central temple is where most Thai people will make offering in form of lotus flowers and adding a small piece of gold paper to the monks statues.
Inside main compound
Inside new temple
New temple first floor
Every once in a while you may hear sound of firecrackers. This is another way of offering made by devotees to show gratitude when their wishes are fulfilled.
The most recent building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is a 60 meters tall ‘Chedi’ sheltering a splinter of bone from Buddha.
Walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful painting illustrating the life of Buddha, as well as many donated golden statues.
A wonderful temple architecture
How to Reach Wat Chalong
Wat Chalong Temple is about 20kms southwards from main Phuket city. A shared auto rickshaw or bike can be easily hired to reach here. Temple open from 7AM to 5PM daily.
Unfortunately it kept drizzling most of the time I was in temple so could not click much pictures of compound from outside.