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About Wat Chalong

Formally known as Wat Chaiyathararam in Thai, Wat Chalong is the most famous of the 29 Buddhist temples of Phuket. The temple is dedicated to two profoundly respected monks, Luang Pho Chaem, and Luang Pho Chuang. The monks led the citizens of Chalong Subdistrict fighting against the Chinese and with their knowledge of herbal medicine helped the injured in the war. People from all over the world come here to pray and learn something about Buddhism. The reflection of hundreds of glass pieces and its many pagodas feels like you’ve been transported to a fantasy film. And the beauty of the Buddha is jaw dropping and serene. In contrast, the interiors are less extravagant but no less inspiring. The most significant highlight of this temple complex is the Poh Than Jao Wat that is one of the most famous Buddhist statues in Wat Chalong and is located in the old westerly hall of the temple. Along with Poh Than Jao are two figures of an elderly gentleman called Ta Khee-Lek, a famous local who won many lotteries after consulting the Poh Than Jao Wat statue and Nonsi. There is also air-conditioned exhibition room with human-sized wax models of Luang Poh Cham, Luang Poh Gleum, Luang Poh Chuang, and Luang Pu Thuad with Thai antique furniture, and Thai porcelain designed in five colors. The famous magic walking-stick of Luang Poh Cham is preserved at the Abbot's residence. The temple complex has a large market that features amplified pop music and Thai-fighting advertisements. There are also shops selling trinkets and prayer flags in the temple complex.

Pro Tip: 1. Women are required to cover their shoulders and wear pants or skirts that extend down to their knees. 2. It's best if you visit the place on a weekday because weekends are usually very crowded.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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