Wat Phra Thong
As you venture around Northern Phuket, make it a must to visit Wat Phra Thong, one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Phuket. The temple houses the famous half-buried golden Buddha statue known as Luang Poh Phra Thong.
Wat Phra Thong is also known as Wat Phra Phud, a name that means “Temple of the Protruding Buddha.” This attraction is one of the largest temples in all of Phuket, but people don’t go here simply because of its size. The place is famous for its half-buried Buddha that has an interesting legend – it is believed that the Buddha was discovered by farmers who could only dig and uncover half of it. Another legend tells a story of Burmese soldiers who tried to steal the Buddha only to be bitten and killed by mysterious ants. The place is filled with interesting details on religion and culture. You can also visit the nearby museum dedicated to Buddhism to get better insight into the place.
Wat Phra Thong is located in northern Phuket, 20 kilometres away from the town centre.
Opening Days and Hours
The wat is open daily from 8:00 to 17:30.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission to Wat Phra Thong is free for both foreign and local tourists.
How to Get There
- Fly from Bangkok to Phuket via AirAsia.
- From the airport, board a taxi to city centre.
- From the city centre, you can board a songthaew or a taxi to Wat Phra Thong.
- Solo travellers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the foundation is during the weekdays. Weekends tend to be very busy in this place.
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