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Chalong Temple (Wat Chalong)

4.0 out of 5 based on 5 reviews.
Chalong, South Phuket

Wat Chalong or Chalong Temple is the biggest and most visited temple on Phuket Island. It consists of a number of buildings, the Central Temple houses 3 revered statues of past abbots and monks of the temple, Luang Pro Chaem, Luang Por Gluam and Luang Por Chuang.

The Phra Mahathat Chedi, which is 3 floors high, is decorated with paintings, images and statues. On the top floor there is a glass display case that houses a small, fragment of bone of the Buddha. There is also an air conditioned Exhibition Hall that contains life size waxwork images of previous abbots and also displays interesting antique pieces of furniture. Entrance is free, but most people make a donation, as donations go towards the upkeep and charitable activities of the temple. Dress modestly and take off your shoes before entering buildings such as the Central Temple and Phra Mahathat Chedi.

Wat Chalong is located just off Chao Fah Nok Rd (Chao Fa West Rd) between the Central Festival Shopping Mall and Chalong Circle. If driving from Central Festival towards Chalong Circle, Wat Chalong is about 9 km drive and is on the left hand side. Watch out for the sign posts.

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  1. Took just over an hour to look around the temple and wax museum. We donated money for flowers, small candles, gold leaf and scented sticks which we offered to the monk statues, our guide explained what to do. Had the fright of my life when someone let off some fire crackers inside a brick shell structure, the noise was loud and unexpected, it made us jump out of our skins


  2. Must visit place if you are coming to Phuket. You can donate any amount of money in donation box then get a flower, candle and joss stick to pray. You can also visit wax museum which is very sacred. Do not forget to dress properly!


  3. Stopped here with our tour guide while on the way to Promthep Cape. Very worth a 30 min visiting, the long time history and magical about the temple very amazing. I saw many tourists here, both Thais and foreigners. Not just for the temple but other things like architecture, colourful intricate carvings over the building very shining and attractive. Also nice to see how people offer flowers and incense to express their worshiping. Most Thai people come here for prayer and they come back for exploding firecrackers. Just remember to wear only polite clothes, we were told by our tour guide…we were therefore ready.


  4. A beautiful temple to visit. I only wish there had been a guide there to tell us about the history and the different buildings.


  5. Worth visiting not just for the temple but also to see monks go about there daily life, plus there is an exhibition of wax models of past abbots, housed in a traditional Thai House. Many firecrackers were let off by the locals, for merit, they made me jump out of my skin55

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