Thailand’s largest island is renowned for its white sand beaches, lively beach towns, and eclectic nightlife. Water sports, shopping, and the city’s famous shows are just a few of the ways to experience Phuket. With just one day, it’s best to stick to focus on the highlights—here are some ideas.
Temple of the Protruding Buddha (Wat Phra Thong)
While not the most visually impressive of Phuket’s temples, Temple of the Protruding Buddha (Wat Phra Thong) is one of the more interesting. Thanks to its position away from the beach, it’s also one of the island’s quietest. The temple grounds are also home to a museum with historical items from around the region.
Things to Know Before You Go
Temple of the Protruding Buddha (Wat Phra Thong) is a must-see for history buffs and spiritual travelers.
The temple is free to enter but donations are expected.
Wat Phra Temple is an active place of worship, so dress respectfully.
How to Get There
The temple is located in the middle of Phuket along the road leading from Phuket Town toward the airport. The easiest way to get there is to drive or hire a taxi.
When to Get There
The temple is open daily throughout the year, and often presents a peaceful escape from the busy beaches of Phuket. If you want to see the temple in full swing, visit during the Lunar New Year when Thai-Chinese pilgrims come from surrounding islands to worship.
The Legend of the Half-Buried Buddha
According to local lore, the Buddha statue was discovered after a farmer boy tied his buffalo to a small part that was protruding from the ground. They both fell ill and died, but the boy appeared to his father in a dream. The father discovered the top of the statue, but all subsequent attempts to excavate it ended in failure, or—according to some accounts—death.
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