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Wat Phra Thong

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

172/2​ Nanai Rd, Tambon Thep Krasatti, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand

Opening Hours

24 hours

💸 Entrance Fee

THB 600

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"When visiting Wat Phra Thong in Phuket, make sure to keep an eye out for the half-buried golden Buddha statue, as local legend claims that bad luck befalls those who try to fully excavate it. Additionally, don't forget to explore the nearby Bang Thong Market for delectable local street food and unique souvenirs."

What is Wat Phra Thong Temple?

Wat Phra Thong, or the "Temple of the Golden Buddha," is one of those enchanting sites imbued with both spiritual reverence and local lore. Tucked away in thep Thalang district of Phuket, Thailand, it's not the largest or most flamboyant of temples, but what it lacks in size, it compensates with its serene atmosphere and a deeply-rooted mystical story that has been passed down through generations. It is home to the famous half-buried Golden Buddha image which seems to emerge from the ground, bestowing an air of mystery and grace.

History of Wat Phra Thong Temple

The narrative that blankets Wat Phra Thong is as rich as the temple's spiritual practices. Legend whispers of a boy who tied his buffalo to what he thought was a post sticking out of the ground. That evening, both boy and buffalo were found dead, fostering belief in a cursed object. Further attempts to dig the object up resulted in a series of mysterious mishaps, leading the villagers to conclude that it was a sacred item. Turns out, it was the top of the magnificent golden Buddha statue that now sits in the central hall of the temple. It's said that untold attempts to excavate the statue have failed, as it remains firmly anchored in the earth, hence the name "Phra Phut," which means "Emerging Buddha."

In a historical context, the temple dates back to the 18th century and has witnessed events like the Burmese invasion of 1785 where it played a role as a fort for the defending forces. The story of the heroic Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon, two sisters who led the resistance against the invaders, is intricately intertwined with Wat Phra Thong.

Don't forget to visit Wat Phra Thong Temple when planning your tours in Phuket!

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Why is Wat Phra Thong Temple Important?

For the faithful, Wat Phra Thong Temple is a vessel of divine blessing. The half-buried Buddha is considered a protector and has steadfast followers who come from far and wide to pay homage. It's not just a place of worship, but a symbolic testament to the undying spirit of Phuket's locals who successfully fended off adversaries during critical points in history. To the people of Phuket, the temple represents resilience, faith, and national pride.

Moreover, the temple's significance isn't only in its spirituality but also in its role as a cultural heritage site. The legends and history that pervade the temple walls tell a tale of ancient Thailand, and to the keen observer, provide insight into the values that have shaped the local community.

Things to Do & See at Wat Phra Thong Temple

Upon entering this sacred space, the hum of daily life fades into hushed tones. One can start by observing the awe-inspiring Golden Buddha — what you'll see is just the upper half of the Buddha's body, enshrouded in gold leaf and offerings made by those who believe in its power. Spend a moment here; feel the cool tiles against your feet, listen to the soft rustle of robes, and let the fragrant incense fill your senses.

Wander through the temple grounds and you'll find murals depicting scenes from the Jataka tales—the stories of the Buddha’s past lives. You may also encounter the Thalang National Museum within the vicinity, where you can imbibe the detailed history of the region, its culture, and the temple’s significance in the island’s defense against foreign invasions.

Don't miss a visit to the temple's tranquil garden area. It’s dotted with smaller shrines and statues, each with their own narrative and charm. Observing local devotees going about their rituals gives a sense of continuity, of ancient traditions being kept alive in the modern world.

As twilight beckons, you might witness the temple transforming under the gold hue cast by the setting sun. Take a pause; it's moments like these that linger in memory, where one truly feels the depth of Wat Phra Thong's timeless allure. Have you ever experienced such a seamless blend of history and spirituality as witnessed here in Wat Phra Thong?

Wat Phra Thong Temple offers a unique and culturally enriching experience for visitors to Phuket. 

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Whether you are seeking spiritual tranquility, historical knowledge, or simply a glimpse into local Thai life, this temple is a must-visit attraction that will leave a lasting impression.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Wat Phra Thong located?

Wat Phra Thong is located in Phuket, Thailand.

What is the significance of Wat Phra Thong?

Wat Phra Thong is known for its half-buried Buddha statue, which is considered sacred and has a fascinating legend associated with it.

What is the legend associated with the half-buried Buddha statue at Wat Phra Thong?

According to the legend, anyone who tries to fully excavate the statue will bring misfortune upon themselves and the local community.

What are the opening hours of Wat Phra Thong?

Wat Phra Thong is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Are there any dress code requirements to visit Wat Phra Thong?

Visitors are advised to dress modestly and respectfully, covering their shoulders and knees when visiting Wat Phra Thong.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

172/2​ Nanai Rd, Tambon Thep Krasatti, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand

Opening Hours

24 hours

💸 Entrance Fee

THB 600

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