Wat Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong Temple, built at the beginning on 19th century, is the largest and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket. Its real name is Wat Chaitararam, but you probably won’t hear it or see it on any road signs.The most recent building on the grounds of Wat Chalong temple is a 60 meters tall “Chedi” sheltering a splinter of bone from Buddha. Walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful painting illustrating the life of Buddha, as well as many donated golden statues.
Wat Chalong Chedi is built on three floors so feel free to climb all the way to the top floor terrace to get a nice bird view on the entire temple grounds. Few more steps will lead you to a glass display where the fragment of bone can be contemplated. You can see the nearby Phuket big buddha from there, but actually you can see it from almost anywhere in the southern part of Phuket island.
The central temple is where most Thai people will make merit by offering lotus flowers and adding a small piece of gold paper to the monks statues inside. In theory you should wear long pants and no sleeveless shirts… but this requirement seems to belong to a past era.
A Short History Of Chalong Temple
Wat Chalong Temple or Chai Tararam Temple is the most famous temple in Phuket. It house the statue of the late highly revered monk, Luang Po Cham. The monk led the people of Phuket to fight against the immigrant Chinese influx to Phuket for tin mining and wanted to capture the city in A.D.1876 before the government sent its troops to subdue the rebellion. King Rama V appointed Luang Po Cham with the ecclesiastical title of Phra Kru Wisut Wongsacharn. Beside the statue of Luang Po Cham, his other title decorations are also displayed in the temple e.g. his walking stick and his painting on the second floor of the kuti(residence)of the abbot,too.