The Wat Chalong temple or simply Chalong (Wat Chalong) - the most visited, largest and most famous Buddhist temple on Phuket island.
Full and original name of the temple Wat Chitarra (Wat Chaiyatararam), but such is the name of the temple is almost never used, with the exception of, perhaps, the monks themselves and some of the locals and tour guides, conducting tours of the Church.
Chalong temple Phuket was built in the early 19th century. Locals and many Thai tourists come to the temple to pray and to honor several revered monks who were the founders of Chalong, among the founders of Luang, and Luang Po Chuan (Luang Pho Cham, Luang Pho Chuang). These two monks, in the battle against the Chinese rebellion in 1876, thanks to a good knowledge of herbal medicine helped the locals and treated the wounded.
Chalong temple is a pretty impressive body temple complex, in which there are: several buildings, a garden, a small fountain, Shrine, crematorium, bell tower, gazebo, shopping and souvenir shops.
The Buddhist temple complex, which we can see nowadays, were not initially so, in time, the temple grew, and it appeared all new and new buildings.
Most impressive, bright and popular is the building of the Phra Mahathat Chedi. The Chedi was built in 2001 for the storage of sacred relics - part of the shoulder bone of the Buddha, in 1999, donated by the government of Sri Lanka to the king of Thailand Rama IX on his 72nd anniversary. The Chedi has a 60-meter hill and from afar catches the eye, its sharp the dome towards the heavens.
In the Chedi you can go shoes, as usual, and the rules of Buddhist culture left at the entrance.
The interior of the Chedi is quite impressive. Walls and ceilings decorated with colourful paintings and murals illustrating the life of Buddha, and the halls are placed many gold statues.
Wat Chalong Chedi has three floors, so don't hesitate and rise to the top on the balconies, which offer beautiful, almost 360-degree view, to the temple.
On the top floor, in a crystal sphere, on a Lotus flower made of marble, houses the remains of Buddha - the same piece of bone.
Behind the Chedi there is a small but pleasant garden, Wat Chalong, the center of which a fountain
The most striking building of the monastery is the main temple, actually Wat Chalong (Ubosot). However, for tourists and guests, the entrance to the main temple is invalid. In this sacred place can only be monks during the services. But to enjoy the look, take some photos or even video - is not prohibited.
The second attendance, after the Chedi, stands the building of the pavilion Phillips vijana. This Wihan is the main place in the complex.
Near the Central entrance you can see a lot of statues of elephants. Elephant in Thailand is a sacred animal. According to legend, posleduschego belly of the biggest elephant, certainly will be happy.
In Vigano entrance is free, leave shoes before entering. The interior is bright, but at the same time discreet - looks quite harmoniously.
Here in a small and beautifully decorated main hall you can see three bronze statues of monks. This is the statue of the most revered abbots Chalong temple: Luang By Chema, Luang of Luang Changa and On Glama. They were known as healers and specialists in herbal medicine.
On the statues you can see the sticky Golden squares. This is a Golden foil. A piece of that foil can buy anyone and stick to one of the statues for good luck (according to one version), while the second version says - a piece of gold foil to attach to the part of the body that hurts you or your family.
The most pleasant for tourists is a local rite of divination. On the floor, in cups, is numbered sticks, you need to shake the Cup so that had only one stick. Then see the number on the fallen stick, approach the wooden shelf and take the piece of paper with a prediction corresponding to the number rolled on a stick. This paper will be written by your prediction. All texts written in Thai and Chinese. If during your visit to the temple monk, he will help with translation.
On the contrary vijana can see a big brick oven, from which from time to time heard explosions (lopke). Traditionally, in Buddhism, such explosions are used to scare away evil spirits. But say that Wat Chalong explosions alert you to the fact that prayers have been answered. Thais buy firecrackers and blow them in gratitude.
Also on the temple grounds you can see the structure of the dark wood - Kuti Luang On Than. In this room he lived Luang On Than in the period when was head of the monastery. The original building has not survived to the present day, therefore, the structure that we can see currently is restored by surviving photographs Kuti. In the temple you can also drop here the wax statues of abbots and recreated the old interior and old furniture.
The Chalong temple is not the end, in addition to all of the above on the temple grounds you can see: chambers, Reverend father; a crematorium and a hall of farewell; the gazebo; the bell tower shops where you can purchase religious Souvenirs, figures of Buddha and monks, Buddhist books, incense, firecrackers; as well as cafes and shops with clothing, drinks, Souvenirs and other small items.
Dress code and behavior at Chalong temple
2. Women should cover their shoulders and knees.
As a sign of respect to be loud and not quiet tone, keep a low profile and not provocative, not to touch the statues and other Buddhist relics and not show excessive signs of attention to his mate.
How to get to Wat Chalong temple
Chalong temple is situated in the heart of Chalong.
Visit the temple with one of the many tours of the island, or independently by taxi, rented or tank car and by public transport.
Public transport to Chalong temple
From Patong beach you can drive to Phuket Town, or that faster, not far from Phuket Town to reach on the ring road near Central Festival Phuket, cross the road and take the bus "Phuket town Karon Kata".
From the beaches of Rawai, Yanuy and Nai Harn via Phuket town. Or, is it faster to go the first and only ring on this route - Kathu. You can go in front of the ring, walk a little forward, turn left and wait for the bus "Phuket town Karon Kata". Or, go for the ring, cross the road and also expect your route.
With other beaches of the island via Phuket town.