Wat Chalong, Phuket

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    Wat Chalong

    by Cathy&Gary Written Jan 30, 2015

    Wat Chalong is Phuket's most important Buddhist temple. The prayer hall contains the statues of three of the temples most famous monks: Luang Por Chaem, Luang Por Chuang and Luang Por Gluam.

    Luang Por Chaem is the best known and has given Wat Chalong its fame as a place of healing. In 1876 there was a rebellion by the Chinese tin miners. Luang Por Chaem the abbot of the monastery at the time, helped to stop the rebellion and acted as a mediator in the peace talks.

    When visiting the temple people usually go to pay respect to the statues of the monks, make offerings and ask for their blessing. The abbot was also a herbal doctor and a setter of broken bones, so his skills were called upon to heal those wounded during the fighting.

    If you hear lots of very noisy bangs, don't worry its just the locals setting off fire crackers in the stack, its for good luck and they ask for things like lottery numbers and have their fortune told.
    Wat Chalong is a beautiful place to visit, the buildings and murals are amazing.

    There are 3 building's you can go into and the views from the top are definitely worth the climb up the stairs.

    There are markets around the Wat where you can buy cheap souvenirs, drinks etc.

    From Phuket City take the Bypass Road heading south towards Chalong for about 8 kilometers. The temple will be on your left.

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    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    Part two of my 2 part tip with more pictures around and inside the Wat Chalong Temples.

    Wat Chalong is the Biggest and the most prominent among the 29 wats scattered around Phuket Island and is the main temple where tourists go. The Temple is located in the Chalong District of Phuket and it consists of several structures and a main Temple for worshippers and the most prominent is the tall 66 meter chedi that reportedly houses a fragment of bone from Buddha that was bought from Sri Lanka in 1999. Wat Chalong is associated with the revered monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang who helped put down a chinese immigrant rebellion in 1876. The Wat is very typical of Thai Style Temples and you must remove your shoes when going inside the main temple and the tall chedi.

    admission is free

    opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    the fragment of buddha many buddhas pose the view at the top nice views
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    Wat Chalong (1)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2012

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around and inside the Wat Chalong Temples.

    Wat Chalong is the Biggest and the most prominent among the 29 wats scattered around Phuket Island and is the main temple where tourists go. The Temple is located in the Chalong District of Phuket and it consists of several structures and a main Temple for worshippers and the most prominent is the tall 66 meter chedi that reportedly houses a fragment of bone from Buddha that was bought from Sri Lanka in 1999. Wat Chalong is associated with the revered monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang who helped put down a chinese immigrant rebellion in 1876. The Wat is very typical of Thai Style Temples and you must remove your shoes when going inside the main temple and the tall chedi.

    admission is free

    opens: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    Wat Chalong

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 13, 2010

    This temple is located about 8km (5 miles) north of Phuket Town, just off the main highway. Here stands the cast statue of Luang Pho Cham, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, or Chinese Coolie Rebellion, in 1876 during the reign of Rama V.

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    Wat Chalong Temple

    by FilipDemuinck Written Jan 9, 2010

    The Wat Chalong is the most important Buddhist temple of Phuket. It is certainly worth a visit. In a small conical construction people set off fire crackers to predict their future and give them fortune. Many people believe the temple protects them against illnesses.

    Recently a 61 meter high Chedi was added to the temple complex where a fragment of a bone of Buddha is preserved. This fragment was trasferred from Sri Lanka and installed in the Chedi in 2002. All three floors of the Chedi are accesible for visitors. Inside you find many Buddha images and wall paintings.

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    Wat Chalong

    by tanamay Written Jul 11, 2008

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    Wat Chalong is a group temples found in Chalong, Mueang Phuket south of Phuket town. There are lots of temples or ‘wat’ in this area, I forgot to count.

    Better to dress modestly if you want to enter these temples, remove your footwear when entering certain temples and remember some people are praying.

    Entering Wat Chalong Temple ceiling Highest temple, I counted 88 steps to go up Another temple, viewed from the high temple Temple door
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    Wat Chalong Sacred Buddhist Temple

    by fachd Written May 13, 2008

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    We visited Wat Chalong a Sacred Buddhist Temple in Phuket. The architecture is typical of WATS temples found throughout Thailand.

    It is located on the southern outskirts of Phuket Town and about 8-9km. They are twenty nine monasteries in Phuket. Wat Chalong is the most impressive, elaborate and famous temple in Phuket. Many Thai from the mainland visited once a year to Wat Chalong to be blessed by the monks for prosperity and luck. The monks tied string around the wrist to protect the believers from illness. They are many stories of miracles floating around with the locals, especially the story of how the temple performed many healing role during the Chinese coolie’s rebellion in 1876.

    You can take a glimpse part of Buddha tooth which the historians believed was imported from Sri Lanka. It is located in one of the temple in a glass within the glass enclosure (see photo).

    Outside the temple they are several stores selling souvenir and refreshment.

    Remember Wat Chalong is a worship temple so have respect, follow the rules and regulation.

    The Thai said if you don’t visit Wat Chalong you haven’t been to Phuket. So in that note go and visit Wat Chalong.

    Part of Buddha tooth are kept in a glass container One of the temple
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    WAT CHALONG

    by STRATOS79 Updated Sep 16, 2007

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    Located about 8 km south-east of Phuket town WAT CHALONG is one of the most beuatiful and biggest temples in Phuket It is dedicated to 2 monks that helped
    the people of Phuket during the rebellion in 1876

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    Wat Chalong

    by imstress Written Jun 30, 2007

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    Wat Chalong is about 8 kilometres from Phuket town. It is located near to Promthep Cape. It will take about an hor to visit this temple. As this is an active temple, you must dress appropriatly for a visit to a place of worship.

    Wat Chalong is the largest and most important temle in Phuket. Its most ornate architecture is typical of a Thai temples and the design emphasized bright colours. The murals on the walls are quite interesting.

    Admission to the temple is free but you may like to leave some donation.

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    Wat Chalong

    by black_mimi99 Written Jan 4, 2007

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    This Phuket’s most beautiful and renowned temple enshrines the gilt statues of monk-hero Luang Pho Chaem and his assistant Luang Pho Chuang, both having important roles in quelling the miner rebellion in 1876.

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    Wat Chalong

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jul 23, 2006

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    This is Phuket's most important Buddhist temple.

    The prayer hall contains the statues of three of the temples most famous monks: Luang Por Chaem, Luang Por Chuang and Luang Por Gluam. Luang Por Chaem is the best known and has given Wat Chalong its name as a place of healing.

    When visiting the temple people go to pay their respect to the statues of the monks, make offerings and ask for their blessing.

    I really recommend going to Wat Chalong, its beautiful.

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    Wat Chalong

    by Tina-Perth Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    Wat Chalong, or Chai Tararam is the most famous and most beautiful of the 29 temples in Phuket. If you like to visit temples, then this one is a must. It is said that if you haven't seen Wat Chalong, you haven't seen Phuket.

    In the Sermon Hall there are statues of Luang Po Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, two highly revered monks who, in 1876 led the people of Phuket to fight against the influx of immigrant Chinese who came to take the city and the island's tin mining until the government sent troops to defeat them. The King then bestowed Luang Po Chaem the ecclesiastical title of Phra Kru Wisit Wongsacharn.

    This temple also houses a tooth of a Buddha which came from Sri Lanka. You will find it inside a large glass balloon which sits on a base of marble, shaped like a Lotus flower.

    For some further information on Wat Chalong, see my Local Customs tips to read about my experience of giving thanks to Spirit for some traditional medicine.

    When visiting the temple, please be sure to observe the rules of dress and behaviour.

    Dress:
    No bare shoulders, stomachs or legs.
    Remove your shoes before entering any of the buildings.
    Behaviour:
    Do not pose with Buddha.
    Do not shout or swear.
    Do not point at anything with your feet, particularly towards any statues of Buddha.
    Be respectful at all times, this is a sacred place.

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    Wat Chalong - Market

    by Myndo Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Wat Chalong is maybe the most well known temple on Phuket. It is a big complex, many colorful buildings.

    We had the luck to come there when they had market. A big market, more for the Thais than the tourists.
    If you ever have the chance to visit a market in Thailand (especially one that is NOT made up just for the tourists), do so.

    Shop through the many shops, haggle.
    Eat through all the tiny stands that offer food. Don?t be afraid to try this. In all the weeks I was in Thailand I have never had stomach trouble. Not even with the oysters here, or the rice in the bamboo or the grilled chicken or.... you get what I want to say.

    Also stay long enough to view some of the Thai Culture: The traditional dances and the shadow plays.

    Wat Chalong, market, Phuket
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    Wat Chalong

    by hennanights Written Sep 28, 2005

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    Such a majestic place. The gardens are lovely. There is a small museum and a couple of temples. One was very full with lots of people so we did not go in. we did however walk right up to the top of the main one. Each room featured temple paintings depicting Budda's journey. Once you reach the top you have a view over the whole grounds. Well worth the visit. A memorable moment of our trip.

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    Wat Chalong (Chalong Temple)

    by dave&jen Written Mar 9, 2005

    Don't miss to visit this famous landmark in Phuket... It is one of the biggest and most decorative temples in Phuket.
    If you are lucky, you can get a glimpse of the inside of the temples and its monks...

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