There are 29 Buddhist monasteries in Phuket. The most spectacular temple on the whole island is Wat Chalong.
This temple is said to have been a source of healing on the island and according to legend, this temple soothed the rift between Chinese secret societies in the late 19th century. Inside the temple you will find the Poh Than Jao Wat, a popular and revered Buddhist statue. The rich and colourful history of this temple makes it the most highly regarded in Phuket. Since it was built in the late 18th century, it has played the central role in many of the events that have formed Phuket’s history.
The main temple contains images of some of the most revered monks who have played important roles in the temple’s history. Many Thais come here to pay respect to Buddha and make merit. You can see them lighting candles, offering flowers and sticking gold foil to the images of Buddha and revered monks.
The most sacred artifact at Wat Chalong is the Phra Borom Sareerikatat relic, claimed to be a piece of Lord Buddha’s bones. This is also the place where you can find the cast statue of Luang Por Cham, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, (Chinese Coolie Rebellion) in 1876 during the reign of Rama V. Furthermore, there are statues of Luang Por Chaung, and Luang Por Gluam, who were former abbots of the temple.
It is in a Chedi at the top of a 60-meter high pagoda that also contains three floors of Buddha images and other religious figures. You can find this temple on Chao Fa West road approx three kilometers from Chalong Circle.
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