Wat Chalong temple is the pride of Phuket. A long legendary history is still told to hundred thousands of visitors invited to the temple all year-round along with the Phuket locals' courage in the war of Phuket Angyee (Chinese Secret Society) delivered among generations of the locals. These have been spreading news of Chalong temple's goodness during the late 18th through 19th centuries till today.
Chalong Temple, or Wat Chalong, is replete with history and legend. Many stories have been told about how the miracles performed there and how the wat played a pivotal and healing role in the fighting between Chinese secret societies ('Angyee') in 1876.
Wat Chalong is officially called 'Wat Chaitararam' by royal decree but not many people use that name. Located in the northern part of Tambol Chalong ('tambol' means sub-district in Thai) on Chao Fa West Rd, the wat is close to many local attractions. The name 'Chalong' means 'festival' in Thai - many years ago the area was named 'Chalang' after locals, fearing Burmese invaders, had moved from Thalang district. However, the Thai government pointed out that no such word existed in the Thai language and ordered local officials to change the name.
Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn something about Buddhism. The temple is open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon. Let's go on a tour of it.
Chalong temple is the pride of Phuket.