Around Phuket island you can find scattered Chinese Temples, Buddhist
Wats and Muslim mosques. Here below are the most visited.
Phra Nang Sang Temple (Wat Phra Nang Sang)
Location : Amphoe Talang
Located on Thep Krasatri Rd., in Thalang Town at the traffic light it is
Phukets oldest temple (app.250 years). Phra Nang Sang Temple (Wat Phra Nang
Sang)The grounds of this historic temple are where the Battle of Thalang
took place in 1785. Inside are three very old statues wrought in tin of
the Buddha; they are the largest in the world and date from a time when
tin was regarded as a semi-precious metal. The bellies of the three big
statues each contains a smaller statue, from which derives their name, "Monks
in the Belly" in local vernacular. or "The Three Kings" in formal language.
Location : Amphoe Talang
This temple enshrines a golden Buddha image that sprang up from beneath the earth long ago. The story is of a young
boy who tied his buffalo to what he thought was a post; it was in an area at that time given over to the raising of animals.
After doing so, he fell down in agony and died. The father of the boy dreamed that the reason his son had died was for the sin
of tying a filthy buffalo to a sacred object, that what the boy thought was a post was in reality the golden peak of the
Buddhas conical cap. He told his neighbors the dream and they all went out to dig up the statue but had no success.
Later, at the time of Thao Thep Kasatris heroic defense against the Burmese in 1785, the invaders tried to succeed where the villagers
had failed; their intention was to take the Buddha image back to Burma. Sacred objects and slaves were then the most sought
after spoils for armies. The Burmese, however, were unable to retrieve the golden Buddha despite several attempts; they were
finally driven off by a swarm of angry hornets. After this the villagers decided to protect their miraculous statue by covering
the part that stuck up from the ground with a plaster cast of Buddhas head and shoulders which is the way it is today. Located
north of the traffic light on the outskirts of Thalang Town
. A large sign shows the entrance.
Wat Suwan Khiri Wong
Located at sit Karani Road in Patong
Wat Ko Si-Le
Located on the hill of Sire Island
Wat Thep Krachonchit
Located in Phuket town
, 87/7 Soi Wachira, Yawarat Road at Rang Hill.
Located between Phuket town
at Tung Toong
Located south of Phuket town
53, Chalong, Muang, Phuket
Wat Choen Thale
Located at 306, Srisoonthorn Road, Choen Thale, Phuket