Phuket is popular for its beautiful beaches, but did you know that the island has enchanting temples you can visit, too? There are many Buddhist temples in the area, and if you’re on the island, you might want to check all of these out. Otherwise, you could miss out on seeing some of the world’s most beautiful temples.
These temples will let you experience the rich culture of Thailand and appreciate the country even more. There are a lot of things to see in Phuket, and you won’t regret placing these temples on your itinerary. Here are five temples in Phuket worthy of your visit.
Also known as Wat Chalong, Chaithararam Temple is a well-known temple in Phuket, and it’s also the largest and one of the most visited temples. Many locals and tourists come here to pray and pay respects to the monks who founded the temple. The walls and ceiling are decorated with beautiful paintings that illustrate the life of Buddha, along with other golden statues.
Big Buddha Temple
If you want to see the biggest Buddha in Southern Thailand, then you should definitely come here. It is on top of the Nakkerd Hill and measures 45 meters tall. Aside from the Buddha, the views from the top of the mountain are a bonus. If the weather is clear, you can see Phang Nga Bay and other beautiful bays that surround the area.
Kathu Temple is one of the local temples that are worth a visit—it’s quiet, and not everybody knows about it. It’s not a big temple, but it has its charm. Colors of red and gold are alive here, combined perfectly with palm trees. The temple also has several pavilions, and nearby, you can enjoy the waterfalls and the Phuket Wake Park.
Wat Phra Thong
Located in the northern part of the island, Wat Phra Thong’s main attraction is its half-buried golden Buddha image. There is also a collection of ancient artifacts that you can see here. The temple also holds a beautiful story that is worth knowing when you’re here.
Wat Koh Sirey
Koh Sirey is a small island located in the southeastern part of Phuket. The temple, Wat Koh Sirey, is situated on top of a hill where you can also enjoy beautiful and panoramic views. There are Buddha images enshrined along the entrance. The temple is surrounded by many small shrines that are dedicated to people who have passed on.
You can also see a golden reclining Buddha here. Just note that the guy standing by inside the temple will request a donation if you want to take a photo with the reclining Buddha.
Take in the Beauty of Phuket
Don’t pass up on the chance; check out these temples when you’re in Phuket. You’re not going to regret it, and you will surely learn a lot. Moreover, these temples are Instagram-worthy, so if you’re looking for good places to take photos in, then these temples are great spots.
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