Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wat Chalong : Phuket Province

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Wat Chalong is Phuket’s most important Buddhist temple and is the biggest and most ornate of Phuket’s 29 Buddhist monasteries.This is where stands the cast statue of Luang Por Cham,who helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, or Chinese Coolie, Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of Rama V.

There are also statues of Luang Por Chaung, and Luang Por Gluam. Other monks, who
were abbots of the temple during later times, and who are the objects of respect and recipients of the
offerings by Phuket people generally.

Wat Chalong, was built in 1837.The architecture is typical of Wats found throughout Thailand.A recent addition to the temple is a 61.4-meter high chedi containing the Phra Borom Sareerikatat relic, a piece of the Lord Buddha's bones brought over from Sri Lanka.The chedi is a mixture of southern, central and northeastern architectural styles and is the first in this region to house the holy Buddha's relic.

How to get there. :
Wat Chalong is about 8 kms. outside town. Take Vichit Songkram Rd., to the Bypass Rd., and turn left, and drive for about 10 mins. Wat Chalong will be on your left

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