Phuket Town Attractions

What to See in Phuket Town

At first sight, Phuket Town appears to some visitors as a sleepy provincial capital with not much going for it by way of attractions. Yet Phuket Town is steeped in history, has many attractive and unique temples and boasts top-rate viewpoints.

A favourite with more adventurous tourists is a stroll through the Old Town, an area that lives and breathes the island’s history of tin mining, some 200 years ago. Many of the temples used as bases during Phuket’s famous Vegetarian Festival are within walking distance of each other and there is even wildlife downtown, on Monkey Hill. Here’s a comprehensive guide to Phuket Town’s attractions.

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Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket’s weekend market, located just outside Phuket Town, is a fascinating jumble of secondhand goods, pirated items, a Read More...

Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D painting museum offering amazing photo opportunities and great fun for the Read More...

Jui Tui Shrine

Jui Tui Shrine

Jui Tui is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Located not far Read More...

Khao Rang (Rang Hill)

Khao Rang Hill

Khao Rang Hill is one of Phuket’s most famous viewpoints. Located to the northwest of the city centre, its summit offers Read More...

Old Phuket Town Houses

Old Phuket Town

The streets of Old Phuket Town are lines with 100-year-old shop-houses that are home to restaurants, guesthouses, gold Read More...

Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), this Read More...

Wat Putta Mongkon

Wat Putta Mongkon is perhaps not the most famous temple in Phuket, but it is centrally located close to the famous

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Rassada Pier Phuket to Phi Phi

Rassada Pier is the main dock for boats and ferries travelling to and from Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Krabi and a host of Read More...

Ghostinium Phuket

Ghostinium Phuket

Featuring Hollywood-style animatronics in well-designed rooms, Ghostinium Phuket showcases weird and startling creatures Read More...

Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), this Read More...

Thalang Road

One of the oldest streets in Phuket Town, Thalang Road is a hub of boutique shops and restaurants in beautiful historic Read More...

Soi Rommanee

Soi Rommanee

Soi Rommanee is located in the heart of Phuket Old Town. A walk along the soi, the street that connects Thalang Road Read More...

Old Streets of Phuket Town

Phuket Old Streets

The core of the Old Town essentially is made up of five roads and several 'sois' (small streets), these are Rasada Rd, Read More...

Sino Portuguese Architecture in Phuket Town

Sino Portuguese Mansions of Phuket

A must-do in Phuket is a walk in the old part of Phuket City, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. The beautiful Read More...

Old Phuket Town Houses

Old Phuket Town

The streets of Old Phuket Town are lines with 100-year-old shop-houses that are home to restaurants, guesthouses, gold Read More...

Other Attractions in Phuket Town

Amulet Market in Phuket

In a tiny alley off Rassada Road in Phuket Town, not far from the Fountain Circle and just a few steps from Salvatore’s Italian restaurant, is the Phuket Buddha image and amulet market, a specialised market that attracts many local and overseas Buddhists. In Thailand, amulets were first made in temples and handed out to followers Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Town
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Baan Chinpracha

Baan Chinpracha is a fine example of a Sino-Colonial mansion located at 98 Krabi Road. Jaroonrat Tandavanitj's late husband inherited it from his father, who in turn was the eldest son of the original owner who built it 105 years ago. The house has been used as a location in many films, both Thai and Western, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 09:00-16:30. Private functions are also welcome. It is closed on Sundays.
  • Location: 98 Krabi Road. It’s only a few doors from the Blue Elephant Restaurant.
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 211 167 and +66 (0)76 211 281
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Baan Teelanka - Upside Down House

Baan Teelanka – Upside Down House - opened in April 2014 and is one of the most innovative and original attractions on Phuket Island. Located on the Bypass Road on the northern outskirts of Phuket Town, Baan Teelanka features no less than three exciting attractions/activities to entertain the whole family. Baan Teelanka itself is a three-storey Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 10:00-18:00
  • Location: two kilometres from the North entrance of the By-pass Road.
  • Tel: 084-4565279
  • Price Range: Bann Teelanka: adult – 250 baht, children – 150 baht; A-Maze-in-Phuket: adult – 150 baht, children 100 baht (prices of Feb 2015)
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Bang Neow Shrine

The Bang Neow Shrine (also spelled Bang Niew), known also as Tao Buang Keng and Thep Rasi Foundation Shrine, is another beautiful place of worship in Phuket Town. Founded in 1904, it was originally part of another shrine at Soi Romanee in the Old Town.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:30 – 22:00
  • Location: On Phuket Road at the Bang Neow intersection and not far from Robinson Department Store and MacDonalds. If heading to Saphan Hin Park, the shrine is on the left-hand side of the road.
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Bang Rong Pier Phuket

Bang Rong Pier is located on the north-eastern side of Phuket Island. Close to the entrance to Phang Nga Bay and Koh Khai, it is the main place for visitors to catch water taxis and speed boats to several of the nearby islands. Water access is available to Koh Yao Yai (Big Long Island), Koh Yao Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
  • Location: Bang Rong Pier, Pa Klok, Thalang, Phuket
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Ghostinium Phuket

Ghostinium Phuket is an exciting animatronics museum, bringing a weird blend of a science fiction future and the prehistoric past to life. Consisting of five main rooms with about 16 large fully-animated exhibits (as well as numerous smaller ones), it provides delight and education for kids and grown-ups alike, as well as a few surprises and Read More...

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Hanuman World Phuket

Hanuman World Phuket is an exciting yet extremely safe treetop ziplining adventure just to the west of Phuket Town. With 30 thrilling lines up to 400 metres in length, dodging between huge and ancient trees in dense hillside jungle, it is a great way for families and thrill-seekers to get close to nature without risking either Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Location: Off Rural Road 4010, just south of Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 979 2332
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Hok Nguan Kung Shrine

Hok Nguan Kung Shrine at the Surin Clock Circle, near the Metropole Hotel has long been a religious centre of many Phuket families since it was founded more than 80 years ago.

The most important ritual object here is the crafted image of Ju Su Kong (hence locals refer to this shrine as Ju Su Kong Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: at the Surin Clock Circle on Phuket Road, opposite the Metropole Hotel, Phuket Town
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Jao Mae Kuan Im Shrine

Jao Mae Kuan Im is a small vintage shrine on Bangkok Road in the heart of Phuket Town, just a few steps from the ‘Fountain Circle’ and the main fresh market.

The shrine celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2011 and, as its name suggests, devoted to Kuan Im, the Goddess of Mercy in Taoist mythology (also Read More...

  • Highlights: Bangkok Road in the heart of Phuket Town. Just a few steps from the Fountain Circle and not far from main fresh market.
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 20:00
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Jui Tui Chinese Temple

The temple is one of the most important in Phuket and plays a pivotal part in the famous annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The grounds are quite impressive and display photos of the temple dating back to 1911 when the temple was just a single construction without side buildings or walls. The main building itself has been Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 20:30
  • Location: Phuket Town
  • How to get there: Next to Put Jaw Chinese Temple on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market.
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Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town

Khao Rang Hill is one of Phuket’s most famous viewpoints. Located to the northwest of the city centre, its summit offers views out over the town, to the south of the island, neighbouring islands and along the hills forming the ‘spine’ of the island, upon which sits the impressive Phuket Big Buddha.

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  • Location: Phuket City
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Khao Rang Viewpoint in Phuket Town

Khao Rang Viewpoint – sometimes called Rang Hill Viewpoint– is among the most famous of the many viewpoints around Phuket. The charming location offers unrivalled views to the south, right across the island’s main city and all the way to the Big Buddha, atop the hills in the distance. Some of the small, verdant islands off

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  • Location: Phuket Town
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Kiew Tien Keng Shrine

This stunning shrine located in a superb location at Saphanhin Park, Kiew Tien Keng must be one of the most beautiful places of worship in Phuket.

It’s the only shrine that is located near the seashore and is considered the departure spot to send all gods/deities back to heaven on the final night of the Vegetarian Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Saphan Hin Park, Phuket Town
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Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island)

Koh Maphrao – Coconut Island - is a small isle (2.5km x 1.5km) located 500m off Phuket’s east coast. Facing Leam Hin, a popular seafood dining area just north of Phuket Town, Koh Maphrao is still rather undeveloped due to the fact that there’s no electricity on the island apart from private generators. The local powers Read More...

  • How to get there: By long-tail boat from Laem Hin pier
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Koh Sirey

Koh Sirey on the east side of Phuket Town sometimes feels more like a small cape than an island. Covering only about 20sqkm, most of Koh Sirey is delightfully free of construction and driving along its leafy eastside coastal road with its rubber plantations is a pleasure. It really is like Phuket 20 years ago. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round
  • Location: Just east of Phuket Town. To get there means having to pass through Phuket's port area and it takes only 15 minutes or less by car from the town centre.
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Old Phuket Town

Unlike many Thai provincial capitals, Phuket Town fairly shines with personality and nowhere more so than its Old Town. In this historically rich part of town you will find shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved 'shophouses', quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district. Read More...

Phuket Boat Lagoon

The Boat Lagoon Phuket, next to Royal Phuket Marina in Koh Kaew was the island's first marina complex. It is surrounded by a group of condominiums, the Boat Lagoon Resort, serviced apartments and restaurants, shops and offices.

Short- and long-term accommodation is available overlooking the marina. It has been fully operational since 1994. This circular, 180-berth Read More...

  • Location: On Thepkasattri Road in Koh Kaew Area on the eastern side of Phuket. It sits side-by-side with Royal Phuket Marina.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 238533 - Fax: +66 (0) 76 238541
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Phuket Old Streets

Phuket plays host to a wonderful mix of nationalities who have chosen to live here: it has Thais, Chinese, Malays, Indians and Nepalese, a young and growing Eurasian community and a unique mix of Hokkien Chinese and Thais called 'Baba'.

The Baba community's heritage can be seen in Phuket's Old Town in its architecture, commerce, dress Read More...

Phuket Philatelic Museum

Located inside an 80-year-old building on Montri Road, the stamp museum looks amazing from the outside and the interior is under development but still open for the public at no entrance fee. At the moment, there are three sections inside: The first part exhibits posters explaining how the Thai Postal Service has developed since its start during the reign of forward-thinking King Rama V.

The second room houses a good amount of old (some antique) equipment and machines such as telegraph tickers, telephones, and parcel-weighing machines. The last section is a souvenir room where sets of Thai stamps are on sale, along with other items. When the project is completed they expect to have over 700 sets (totaling more than 1,000 stamps) of real vintage and interesting Thai stamps on display. All information will be in both English and Thai. Currently most information on display is in Thai only.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday from 08:30 – 16:30, Saturdays and holidays open from 09:00 – 12:00, closed on Sundays.
  • Location: Next to the main Phuket Post Office on Montri Road
  • Price Range: Free
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Phuket Trickeye Museum

Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D painting museum offering amazing photo opportunities and great fun for the whole family. Located at the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in a large two-storey building that used to be Phuket Island’s unique movie theatre until 2002, Phuket Trickeye Museum features a gallery of about 100 scenes Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00 (last admission 20:00)
  • Location: at the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in Phuket Town, right next to Pearl Hotel
  • Tel: 076-212806, 090-0658822
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Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), which means ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect, this weekly market started in October 2013 and is hosted on the beautifully renovated Thalang Road, right in the middle of the historical Sino-Portuguese district of Phuket Town.

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  • Opening Hours: Every Sundays from 16:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town
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Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket weekend market, located along Chao Fa West Road just outside Phuket Town not far from Central Festival, is a fascinating jumble of secondhand goods, curios, pirated items, live animals and a large amount of great local food to sample. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 til 21:00
  • Location: Talad Tai Rot is located along Chao Fa West Road, Phuket’s main thoroughfare, one kilometre south of Central Festival shopping mall and is opposite Wat Naka, a Buddhist temple. Take a left at the first set of traffic lights.
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Put Jaw Chinese Temple

 This is the oldest Chinese temple on the island. The original was built about 200 years ago and underwent a major renovation in 1908. Put Jaw Temple is also known as Kwan Im Teng as it was built in honour of Kwan Im, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy.

Many locals come here to seek help when they have health issues. They shake a box full of bamboo sticks until one falls out. They then use the number written on the stick to get a medication prescription from the temple (written only in Chinese) then take it to a Chinese herbal medicine shop. Many parents with Chinese heritage come to get names for their newborn babies at Put Jaw in the belief that, if properly named, their children with have a good and long life. Photography is allowed, and indeed recommended. 

  • Opening Hours: 06:30 – 20:00
  • Location: On the corner of Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road in Phuket Town, right next to Jui Tui Chinese Temple, not far from Phuket’s main market.
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Rassada Pier Phuket

Rassada Pier is the main dock for boats and ferries travelling to and from Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Krabi and a host of smaller islands off the coast of Phuket. This popular pier is located just a few minutes southeast of Phuket Town, on the west coast of the island. It takes around one hour

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  • Location: Rassada Pier (10 minutes from Phuket Town)
  • Tel: +66 (0)62 067 9779
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Royal Phuket Marina

Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) is strategically located along the centre of Phuket's eastern seaboard, on the doorstep of famous Phang Nga Bay. The marina is Thailand's first world-class luxury lifestyle marina and stands on over 30 hectares (190 rai) of prime land, right next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew right by the road from Read More...

  • Address: Address: 68 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Rd, Kohkaew, Phuket
  • Tel: Marina Enquiries +66 (0) 7637 9397-8, Fax: +66 (0) 7637 9399
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Samkong Shrine

Nobody knows exactly when this shrine was built. All that is known is that a well-to-do family donated a plot of land together with images of some Taoist deities to start it off. Since then the shrine has been a major part of Samkong villagers’ lives especially when someone fell ill or needed some advice to Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Along Yaowarat Road, on the north side of Phuket Town (about midway between Bangkok Phuket Hospital and Tesco Lotus.)
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Saphan Hin

Saphan Hin is a popular seaside park which has had a long relationship with islanders since the boom of tin mining years ago when it was a major trading port and the only beach located in Phuket Town.

It took a lot of work, money and more than 40 years to develop it into the agreeable Read More...

  • Remarks: it is advised not to frequent Saphan Hin after 22:00
  • How to get there: In Phuket Town, head east on Phuket Road
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Sapam Shrine

Sapam Shrine is a compact little shrine located right on the roadside on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area. It is the result of the strong faith of the Chinese migrant community from Fujian, China who settled in this part of the island for more than 200 years. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area, not far from the Shell Gas Station and Wat Sapam Temple.
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Shrine of the Serene Light

A few doors up to the west of the On On Hotel is the Shrine of the Serene Light but you will not notice it unless you walk down a short alley to it. This shrine was built in 1889 by a local Chinese family and is relatively little known due to its concealed location.

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Sino Portuguese Style

A must-do in Phuket is a walk in the old part of Phuket City, around Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. The beautiful architecture along these roads will take you back to the charm of a century ago.

According to Pranee Sakulpitpatana, a lecturer at Phuket Rajabhat University and one of the island’s premier historians, the architecture Read More...

Soi Romanee

Soi Romanee (Soi Rommanee) is located in the heart of Phuket Old Town. A walk along the soi, the street that connects Thalang Road with Dibuk Road, evokes Phuket’s interesting history. Like many streets in Phuket’s old quarter, there are lots of attractive Sino-Portuguese style shop-houses. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round.
  • Location: Just off Thalang Road, Phuket Old Town. This small street connects Thalang Road with Dibuk Road.
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Thai Hua Museum

Thai Hua Museum on Krabi Road is one of the best looking and well-maintained Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket. This recently renovated building was at one stage a Chinese-language school. These days it is used as a museum, exhibition space and an occasional function hall. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: 28 Krabi Road, Phuket Old Town area within walking distance from the famous Soi Romanee and Baan Chinpracha Mansion. Its parking space is open until 17:30 only. 
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Thavorn Hotel Lobby Museum

Eclectic and eccentric are the two words that best describe the small museum in the lobby of the Thavorn Hotel in Phuket City. An assortment of artifacts and photos, gathered by the Chinese-Thai family who run the Thavorn group, are displayed erratically in a rather dingy and dim setting.

In addition to an extensive collection of photos of old Phuket and Thai royalty, there are traditional Chinese wedding hats, tin mining equipment, toy trains, opium smoking beds and pillows, and movie posters. Stepping into this place really does feel like entering another era.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours
  • Location: Thavorn Hotel, 74 Rassada Rd, Phuket City
  • Tel: 076-211333-5, 076-211339
  • Price Range: 30 Baht
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Monkey Hill

Toe Sae Hill in Phuket Town is sometime referred to as Monkey Hill.The reason why becomes fairly obvious after a few hundred metres when you come across a troupe of macaques munching away on fruit brought to them by locals.

Probably the highest hill in Phuket Town, Monkey Hill is home to a few TV and Read More...

  • Location: Near Phuket Provincial Hall and Provincial Court in Phuket Town. If you are coming from Thepkasattri Road, take the first road left after Phuket Prison situated on Dammrong Road. This is Toe Sae Road which leads up to Monkey Hill.
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The Memory at On On Hotel

Located along Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town and formerly known as On On Hotel (in Chinese, ‘un un’ means ‘happiness for all visitors’), The Memory at On On Hotel went through a complete renovation in 2012 and 2013. On On was the first hotel to open on the island in 1929 and witnessed the Read More...

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Wat Kajonrangsan

 Wat Kajonrangsan, or Wat Kajon for short, is an unusual Buddhist temple in terms of architecture. The main building (or Pra U-bosod) was built in the Roman style (unique in Phuket). It also has a beautiful set of Thai-style pagodas.

At about 07:00 – 08:00 in the morning, visitors will come across quite a busy place. This is because Wat Kajonrangsan School is located in the same compound. It might be fun to be there early to observe the traditional Thai way of life where the temple is at the heart of everything, including education. 

  • Opening Hours: 07.00 – 17.30
  • Location: On Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market.
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Wat Khao Rang

Wat Khao Rang (or Sumnak Song Khao Rang) enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Khao Rang (Rang Hill). This is where visitors can discover a large golden sitting Buddha – the first of its kind on the island. This charming temple is busy at weekends when locals pay Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from about 08:00 – late afternoon.
  • Location: Khao Rang Hill, Phuket Town. Take the road Soi Vachira, leading from the Vachira Hospital, the temple is a few hundred metres up on the right.
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Wat Putta Mongkon

Often referred to as Wat Klang (meaning centre temple) because of its location in the heart of Phuket Town, Wat Buddhamongkol has beautiful architectural features, including a yellow chedi (pagoda), a small bell tower and a Sino-Portuguese colonial mansion used as a dormitory for the temple monks. There are two ways to enter this wat; by Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07.00 – 17.30
  • Location: On Dibuk Road opposite Soi Romanee in Phuket Town
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Yok Ke Keng Shrine

Soi Panieng in the Samkong area is known as the home of Phuket Butterfly Farm but it also houses an interesting old shrine by the name of Yok Ke Keng. The original shrine was located on a watery rice field in front of the current location and access used to be difficult, especially during the monsoon Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Soi Panieng, Samkong, Phuket Town.
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