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Phuket Province - Attractions - Temples

Chalong Temple

Chalong Temple, most popular Thai temple in PhuketChalong Temple (Wat Cha Long) is about 8 kilometers outside Phuket Town. Take Vichit Songkram Rd. and turn left, and drive for about 10 minutes. Chalong Temple will be on your left. This is where stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham, who helped the people of Phuket put down the Ahngyee, or Chinese Coolie, Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of Rama V. There are also statues of Luang Poh Chaung, and Luang Poh Gluam, other monks, who were abbots of the temple during later times, and who are the object of respect and recipients of offerings by Phuket people generally.

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Pra Tong Temple

Golden Buddha at Pra Tong Temple, Phuket, ThailandThis shrine encloses a golden statue of Buddha that sprang up from beneath the earth long ago. The story is of a young boy who tied his buffalo to what he thought was a post; it was in an area at that time given over to the raising of animals. After doing so, he fell down in agony and died. The father of the boy dreamed that the reason his son had died was for the sin of tying a filthy buffalo to a sacred object, that what the boy thought was a post was in reality the golden peak of the Buddha's conical cap. He told his neighbors the dream and they all went out to dig up the statue but had no success.

Later, at the time of Thao Thep Kasatri's heroic defense against the Burmese in 1785, the invaders tried to succeed where the villagers had failed; their intention was to take the statue back to Burma. Sacred objects and slaves were then the most sought after spoil for armies: Holy statues brought good luck to their possessors, and the slaves were used for work, and to populate places that lacked inhabitants - a frequent problem four rulers in Southeast Asia, who had a great deal of land but very few subjects. The Burmese, hewer, were unable to retrieve the golden Buddha despite several attempts; they were finally driven off by a swarm of angry hornets.

After this the villagers decided to protect their miraculous statue by covering the part that stuck up from the ground with a plaster cast of Buddha's head and shoulders which is the way it is today. Located north of the traffic light on the outskirts of Thalang Town. A large sigh shows the entrance.

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Pra Nahng Sahng Temple

The grounds of this historic temple are where the Battle of Thalang took place in 1785. Inside are there very old statues wrought in tin of the Buddha; they are the largest such in the world and date from a time when tin was regarded as a semi-precious metal. The bellies of the three big statues each contain a smaller statue, from which derives their name, 'Monks in the Belly' in local vernacular, or 'The Three king' in formal language. Located on Thep Krasatri Rd. in Thalang Town at the traffic light.

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Chinese Shirnes

There are so many Chinese Shirnes in Phuket. Some of the interesting shirnes to visit include:

Chui Tui Shirne, popular chinese temple in Phuket Town.Chui Tui Shirne (Saan Chao Chui Tui): Chui Tui Shirne is one of the most popular shirne in Phuket. During Vegetarian Festival, visitors can find a lot of vegetarian food along Ranong Rd., and in front of the shirne. The shirne is located on Soi Phuthon, Ranong Rd.

Thep Rasi Shirne or Bang Niao Shirne (Saan Chao Thep Ra Si or Saan Chao Bang Niao): The shirne was built in Chinese style, located on Phuket Rd., the way to Sapan Hin.

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