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Key Info

Mueang Phuket District

Price & Hours

Free

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Wat Chalong is a colorful Buddhist temple and it's also the biggest and most famous temple on Phuket. Of particular note are the gilt statues of two monks, who are credited with helping halt the Chinese Rebellion of 1876. At 5 p.m. daily, visitors can see present-day monks praying. 

Visitors highly recommend a visit to Wat Chalong, as well as a stroll through its impressive, clean and well-maintained grounds, saying that the temple complex exuded peace and serenity. Reviewers also suggest planning a midweek visit, as the temple can get very crowded on the weekends. 

You'll find Wat Chalong, which is free to visit and open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., a little more than 5 miles southwest of Phuket Town. Before entering, visitors should be aware of the temple's strict dress code: If entering the temple, you're expected to take off your shoes. Women are expected to wear clothing that covers their shoulders and their knees; all visitors are encouraged to speak in hushed tones and refrain from touching the statuary and relics. You should also plan to turn off or silence your cellphone so as not to disturb the peaceful atmosphere. For more information, visit Wat Chalong's website

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