Ranked 21 of 57 sightseeing in Phuket

For tranquillity of mind, inner peace and a spiritual connect, tourists love to visit Wat Chalong in Phuket. The temple is done up in shades of pink, white and gold and has a huge and beautiful campus surrounded by lotus ponds. The walls and ceiling showcase paintings illustrating the life of Lord Buddha. This frequently-visited temple with serene surroundings houses 36 golden Buddha idols in different meditative poses.

History

Phuket is a home to 29 Buddhist temples, and Wat Chalong is one of the most revered among them. Wat Chalong was once known as Wat Chaiyathararam and is dedicated to three highly respected monks, Luang Pho Chaem, Luang Pho Chuang and Luang Pho Kluam. These esteemed monks were the former abbots of the temple and had led the citizens of the Chalong subdistrict to fight against the Chinese rebellion in 1876. Today, people come to Wat Chalong to worship and revere the statues of the three abbots.

Wat Chalong temple was built in its current location in 1837. The remains of the older structure have been discovered, but it is not quite known how old they are. This beautiful temple also contains a wiharn, mondop, ubosot and chedi containing a fascinating relic, sala and crematorium.

Reason to Visit

After a day-long tour of Phuket town, Wat Chalong is just the right place to unwind. The intricate designs on the temple walls are simply beautiful. The garden with myriad flowers and fountains imparts a celestial feel to the surroundings and the view from the top of the temple is breathtaking.

The inside of the temple is adorned with idols of Buddha meditating in different positions. The architecture inside the temple is very intriguing as it is a combination of the southern, central and northeastern style. As the legendary story goes, at the top of the temple, locked inside a glass chamber, is a piece of the Buddha’s bone. This relic was brought from Sri Lanka and has been housed in Wat Chalong ever since.

Entry Guidelines

Wat Chalong is one of the temples in Phuket most frequented by locals and tourists from all around the world. It welcomes one and all for the entire week, from 7 am to 5 pm. Something to keep in mind would be that it is busier on weekends. Visits on weekdays are more unruffled.

Like any other Buddha Temple, Wat Chalong follows a dress code. Both men and women are expected to wear clothes that cover their shoulders and extends to their knees. Those dressed otherwise will be offered sarongs by volunteers (no charges applied) which can be returned on the way out. Shoes and slippers must be taken off before entering the temple.

Further, tourists are requested not to chew gum, smoke or spit inside the premises of the temple and are requested not to be loud. No one is allowed to touch the effigies inside the temple. Also, the monks and people worshiping at the temples are not to be disturbed. Finally, ladies are specifically requested to keep a distance from the monks and avoid touching them. It is said that a lengthy cleansing process is involved if a lady accidentally comes in contact with a monk.

Where to Eat

There are plenty of eating places surrounding Wat Chalong that serve diverse cuisines from all around the world. Tourists will find themselves surrounded by eateries and cafes alike. Those who like trying different cuisines will have enough options to choose from. However, for purely Indian cuisines one will have to head back to Phuket town, where there are guides standing outside restaurants directing tourists from to eating-houses that serve vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian Indian food.




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Operating hours

Sun:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Free/not applicable
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Contact Details

Phone: +66 76 21 1036

Reviews and Ratings

S.m.bega  Raaj

S.m.bega Raaj5.0/5

145 reviews

Stupendo and fantabulous worship place

Absolutely Blissful!!!The whole tour of Phuket won't be complete without visiting this wonderful Wat Chalong. Located in the heart of the City and very easily accessible from all parts of Phuket.Absolutely blissful, neat and clean Temple with wonderfully maintained greenery, there are more than 2 dozen Wats in and around Phuket but this Wat is most important of all. When we sit in silence after completing all the formalities, we will be absolutely peaceful and feeling relaxed.Must visit for all age groups when you are in Phuket.

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  • Stupendo and fantabulous worship place
  • Stupendo and fantabulous worship place
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Ravi Mittal

Ravi Mittal3.2/5

114 reviews

Nice temple but crowded

The temple is good but gets crowded due to the tourists and the peace is gone. One can see the big Buddha statue over the hill from the top floor of the temple.

Venkat Athreya

Venkat Athreya3.6/5

22 reviews

The old temple in Phuket

It is a old temple in Phuket, Buddha is the main deity, the architecture is unique. It is very beautiful to look at. The silence and respect to be maintained since many pray over here.
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  • The old temple in Phuket

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Wat Chalong, Phuket

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Wat Chalong, Phuket

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Wat Chalong, Phuket
Wat Chalong, Phuket

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Wat Chalong, Phuket

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Wat Chalong, Phuket