Wat Chalong ( Chalong Temple ) is the largest of Phuket’s temples, and the most visited.
Wat Chalong in Phuket is the most popular Thai Temple on the island and is one of the culture highlights on a Phuket Sightseeing Tour. These beautiful and richly decorated temples are known as “Wats” in Thai and are a potent symbol of the Thai Culture throughout the kingdom. Wat Chalong is an 18th Century Temple and the centerpiece is a 60 Ft Grand Pagoda which houses many Buddhist statues and Buddha images. A stair case takes you to the top of the Pagoda where a viewing platform offers great views over the entire site. As a place of worship, you will experience many locals offering prayers and lighting candles, which is generally a very peaceful experience, but one that is often interrupted by the loud bang of Chinese Fire Crackers to ward off bad spirits.
Dress Code & Behaviour
As with all Buddhist temples, there is a strict dress code that must always be followed.
- Shoes are never allowed inside a temple, so be sure to leave yours outside with all the others.
- Women are required to cover their shoulders and wear pants or skirts that extend down to their knees.
- Certain level of respect is expected, Speak in a quiet tone within the temple and don’t touch the statues or other Buddhist relics.
How to get to Wat Chalong:
From Kathu pass Central Festival heading towards Chalong & Rawai. Drive along Chaofa Road ( West ) and it’s about 5 km from Central Festival on the left side of the road and is well indicated.
Wat Chalong – Chalong Temple
Address: Chaofa Road ( West ) Chalong Phuket 83000
CR Main Photo: http://phuketways.com/chalong-temple/