The largest and most important temple in Phuket is the Chalong Temple or Wat Chalong. Local devotees come here to pray and pay their respects to the two monks who founded Wat Chalong. The two highly venerable monks are Luan Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang. They are remembered for their knowledge of herbal medicine, and more importantly for helping settle a rebellion staged by Chinese miners in 1876 and caring for injured villagers. Statues were built and kept at the Sermon Hall (viharn) to honor the two.
Other than its historical significance and the honor of its two founding monks, there are many other reasons why people come to Wat Chalong.
First, tourists flock here to be awed by its beauty and splendor. There are 29 Buddhist monasteries in Phuket but Wat Chalong is the most ornate of them all. Wat [Read more…]