Introducing Wat Chalong
Visit Phuket’s largest and most famous Buddhist temple at Chalong, Phuket’s principle boat anchorage and the island’s first resort.
Inside the tiered temple, admire a large collection of seated, reclining and meditating Buddha statues as well as a tribute to two highly venerable abbots: Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang. The famous monks are immortalised in gilt statues wrapped in saffron robes.
In 1876, the Abbott of Wat Chalong, Luang Pho Cham, gave the people of Phuket courage when rioting Chinese tin workers rampaged across the island during the Ang-Yee Rebellion.
Wat Chalong is the most imporatant of Phuket's 29 buddhist temples. You can visit the wat during the day or show up at 5pm to watch the resident monks pray.
Location: About 8km south of Phuket Town at Chalong
Admission: By donation
Hours: Daily 6am-6pm
(Image courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand)