Phuket, the central city of the Phuket Island located on the south side of Thailand, is one of Southeast Asia’s hottest tourist destinations. Due to its mild and warm tropical climate and beautiful beaches and attractions, Phuket is a wonderful location to spend a relaxing vacation, basking in the warmth of the tropical sun. There are many Phuket luxury hotels, and one of the most recommendable and charming hotels is the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas.

While Phuket is best known for its coastal beauty and tourist culture, the island is also home to many cultural landmarks. One of the most iconic cultural and religious landmarks of Phuket is Wat Chalong. Considered to be Phuket’s most popular and revered temple, Wat Chalong is a Buddhist temple located in the Chalong Sub-district. With its rich history, amazing architecture and immense cultural value, Wat Chalong is a landmark that you must visit while in Phuket.

Built in the early 19th Century, Wat Chalong is one of the most visited temples in Phuket. The main attraction of the temple is the Grand Pagoda; a beautiful chamber which is said to contain a splinter of a bone of Lord Buddha. The pagoda is known for its amazing architecture, with beautiful gold panels, elegant pillars, and intricate wall paintings. The pagoda is also home to many golden Buddha statues. The pagoda is three stories tall, and visitors can climb all the way to the top for a bird’s eye view of the temple and the nearby Big Buddha statute. The central temple hall is the most visited place of the temple. Hundreds of locals visit the temple each day bearing offerings in return for merit. One might even hear a few crackers being lit from time to time; which happens to be one of the unique ways people make offerings at the temple. With its immense religious and cultural significance, amazing architecture, and spiritual ambiance, Wat Chalong is a great place to visit to understand the culture and spirituality of Phuket.

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