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Wat Chalong: More Than Just a Temple

Things to Do — By Diana Bocco on March 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

photo by craigcullum via flickr

 

Wat Chalong is one of Thailand’s most impressive temples and the biggest of the 29 temples that call Phuket home. The temple has a very interesting history behind it.

The original Wat Chalong temple was built at the beginning of the 19th century  in a different area of Phuket, then moved to its present location sometime in the 1870s. In 1876, two monks (Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang) living at the temple supported the locals during the Chinese Ang-Yee Rebellion.  Wat Chalong is now dedicated to the memory of those two monks, both of whom have been immortalized in statues located inside one of the many temple halls. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, there’s also an exhibit that features wax statues of the monks, as well as traditional Thai furniture, porcelain and some sacred objects.

Wat Chalong is composed of several structures, including the impressive 201-feet (61 meters) high chedi, a sacred structure with a very special purpose. The chedi was built as the final resting place for a fragment of bone belonging to Lord Buddha. The bone comes from Sri Lanka and is one of many pieces found in Asia.

Whether you’re in town for a day or a week, this is one attraction you can’t afford to miss.

photo by edwin.11 via flickr

 

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