Built in the starting of the 19th century, Wat Chalong is the most famous and the largest Buddhist temple on the Phuket Island. The original name of the temple is Chaitararam but it is popular as Wat Chalong and you will see sign boards only with this name. The temple is dedicated to two monks, Luang Pho Chuang and Luang Pho Cham. These two monks were very famous for their herbal medicine and they are revered by the locals. The Chalong Temple is one of the must visit attractions in Phuket and it is surrounded by numerous other attractions which can be visited on the same day.
What to See at Wat Chalong
Wat Chalong consists of many buildings, a small garden complex and the main temple building. All of the buildings are decorated with colorful murals which illustrate the life of Buddha. In the main building of the temple, you will find the golden statues of the monks. People come here to worship, light candles and incense, and people also apply gold leaf to the statue of monks. One more place to visit in the temple is its 3-story chedi which also offers an amazing view of the surroundings. On the top, you can also see the fragment of Buddha’s bone. If you want to avoid crowd then it is better to go early in the morning.
The temple is located on the Chao Fah Nok Road, around 25 km from Phuket and it is very easy to find it. Wat Chalong is the largest and the most visited temple in Phuket. The temple can be visited on any day of the week between 7 am and 5 pm. Being a Buddhist temple, visitors need to follow a strict dress code. Women should wear pants or long skirts and they must cover their shoulders. Visitors need to remove their shoes outside the temple. Reserve a car hire in Phuket and reach the temple conveniently.