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Buddhism in Phuket – Wat Chalong Temple

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.

Wat Chalong

Entrance to Main temple compound

Wat Chalong

Main Temple

Wat Chalong

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.

Wat Chalong

Inside main compound

Wat Chalong

Inside new temple

Wat Chalong

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.

Wat Chalong

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.

4 thoughts on “Buddhism in Phuket – Wat Chalong Temple

  1. Andapo

    I saw that sleeping Bhuddha picture modle in my uncles house the one in earlier blog, I think you mentioned it is some 14 kms long. Ok… the architecture is amazing and everything here is elegant. I really got a new view of forks visiting temples, earlier I used to be cynical on temple visits because it has only dieties atleast Indian temples… until I visited Yercaud temples… so much open space, walk paths and greenery and freedom… no rituals, no crowd and silence… a place to rest and compose positive energies… after that I respect it if people want to go to temple(:… its a good thing and Buddlist temples very good thing.

    1. Ankur Post author

      The statue is some 15m long. 14km will too big to create i guess 😉
      I do not believe in idol worship so not a regular visitor to temples. But whenever i visit with friends or family I feel temple is the best place to introspect and sit in peace!

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