Wat Chalong or formally Wat Chaiyathararam is the most important of the 29 buddhist temples of Phuket, located in the Chalong Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District. It is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who led the citizens of Chalong Subdistrict fighting against the Chinese rebellion in 1876 and with their knowledge of herbal medicine helped the injured.
WHAT TO SEE?
Chalong Temple has especially been revered due to a relic named Phra Borom Sareerikatat and kept inside a glass case on the top of the 60 meters high Phra Mahathat Chedi. The relic was brought over from Sri Lanka and was set up in the chedi by HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. The walls of the Chedi feature mural paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka, an Indian Tale about the previous lives of Buddha.
One of the temple’s halls features a gilt-covered statue of Luang Poh Cham, the former Abbot of the temple. Several legends mention Luang Phor Cham’s walking stick, that is believed to hold healing powers. Therefore, many people said they were cured of stomach aches after being touched with the stick.
The hall also contains statues of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, all ex-Abbots of the temple. There is also an air-conditioned ‘exhibition home’ of Luang Poh Cham, showcasing antique Thai furniture and Benjarong (Thai porcelain designed in five colors).
DRESS CODE AND BEHAVIOR
Some dress code rules have to be respected when visiting this Buddhist temple. First of all, women are required to cover their shoulders and wear pants or long skirts. Also, shoes are never allowed inside a temple. A certain level of respect is expected: speak in a quiet tone within the temple and don’t touch the statues or other Buddhist relics.
Chalong Temple opens every day from 7.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.
Address: Chaofa Road ( West ) Chalong Phuket 83000