Among the 29 temples in Phuket, Wat Chalong is the largest, most famous and the holiest temple. The Chalong Temple is located in Phuket's Mueang district, 8 km south of Phuket Town. Guests can go to Chalong Temple, Central Festival Shopping Center, along Chao Fah Nok Rd or Chalong Circle Road.
Chalong Temple was built in the reign of King Rama II. Wat Chalong is the place to worship two respected monks: Luang Set Chaem and Luang Chuang. They were the ones who helped the victims affected by the herbicide and were instrumental in ending the riots of tin miners in 1876. Many Thai people believe that two monks have the supernatural strength and they went to the temple to plead with the two monks.
When visiting Chalong Pagoda, visitors can see that Chalong Temple is a very respectable Buddhist temple of the local community. Here, visitors will find this is the most beautiful temple on the island, the most important, largest and most elaborately decorated.
Chalong temple architecture is the typical architecture of temples in Thailand, emphasized by bright colors. The three-storey main tower in Chalong Pagoda features bold traditional Thai architecture with gold-tipped spiers, exquisite carvings.
The first and second floors of the tower display countless statues of Sakyamuni Buddha in sitting meditation, nirvana ... and on the walls are decorated with stories depicting the life of the Buddha. The top floor is where the relics of the Buddha are placed in glass jars, surrounded by glass-walled walls.
Around the back of Wat Chalong are some souvenir shops so that visitors can choose their own souvenirs. In addition, it also sells non-alcoholic beverages and fresh coconuts.
Wat Chalong is open from 7.00 am until 5.00 pm. As with all the other Buddhist temples, visitors should pay attention to the costumes when entering the temple, people must wear the sleeveless shirt and pants over the ankles. Shoes are not allowed inside, to ensure the purity and clean. Visitors are only allowed to talk in silence and not touch the statue or other Buddhist monuments.
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