Phuket Buddhist Temples

Wats and Temples in Phuket

Most of Phuket's population is Thai-Buddhist and there are close to 40 Buddhist Temples (or 'wat' in Thai) located all over the island. Some wats are quite new but some have a long history going back more than 100 years or even longer.

Such places include Wat Pra-nang Sang and Wat Srisoonthorn in Thalang, Wat Karon and the most famous wat in Phuket, Wat Chalong.

Besides admiring their beautiful architectural features, visitors will also learn from just a short visit about the strong connection between wats and the island's everyday life; an experience not to be missed.

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Most Popular Temples in Phuket

  • Wat Chalong

    Wat Chalong

    Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and westerners come to 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

    The Read More»

  • Big Buddha of Phuket

    Phuket Big Buddha

    Phuket's Big Buddha sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and, at 45 metres tall, it is easily seen Read More»

  • Wat Phra Thong

    Wat Phra Thong

    Wat Phra Thong (Wat Prathong), near the Thalang District Office, north of Phuket Town is famous for a half-buried golden Read More»

  • Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha

    Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha

    Wat Mai Luang Pu Supa in Chalong is a relatively new temple on the island. This beautiful and inviting property was Read More»

  • Wat Khao Rang

    Wat Khao Rang

    Wat Khao Rang enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Rang Hill. This is where Read More»

All Buddhist Temples in Phuket

Wat Suwan Khirikhet

Wat Suwan Khirikhet (also called Wat Karon) is the only temple in Karon Beach and was founded in 1895. Small but attractive, it's easy to find and worth a visit, as well as a photo. It's most noteworthy for hosting a night market every Tuesday and Friday evening.

The main building is guarded by two large, emerald-green nagas (serpents) and the interior of the building's walls, doors and window panels depict the life of Buddha, including his struggle with evil prior to achieving enlightenment.

A smaller building houses 2 Ramayana images guarding a beautiful black sapphire Buddha image. A similar Buddha image can be seen at Latthiwanaram Temple (Wat Tai) in Chalong.

  • Location: 1 Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Wat Baan Kamala

A lovely Buddhist temple, Wat Baan Kamala is truly a spiritual centre for the locals and has been there a long time. In spite of this, the temple and its gardens look surprisingly new as they were renovated after 2004’s tsunami.

Located on the seafront at the southern end of the village, Kamala Temple features a main chapel (or ubosot in Thai), a bell tower and many Buddha images and statues depicting his life.

  • Location: 16/32 Rim Hat Rd, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
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Wat Putta Mongkon

Wat Putta Mongkon is variously known as Wat Klang (meaning 'centre temple') because of its location in the heart of Phuket Town, as well as Wat Buddhamongkol or Wat Mongkhon Nimit. It 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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5.30pm
  • Location: Dibuk Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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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 was constructed in the Roman style, making it unique in Phuket. It also has a beautiful set of Thai-style pagodas.

At about 7am, visitors will find it to be 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: Daily from 7am to 5.30pm
  • Location: 26 Moo 1, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Wat Kathu

Wat Kathu sits on a hill by the side of Wichitsongkram Road and is divided into 3 levels. The top level is home to all religious buildings, the second level is for the monks’ dormitory and the lower one has an orchard (mainly coconuts), kitchen, and visitors’ shelter.

Wat Kathu is known for its antique image of Lung Por Mai Reab, considered a holy object by Kathu residents. Over the years, the local government has also used Wat Kathu as a training centre for different subjects such as culture, health and careers.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5.30pm
  • Location: Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
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Wat Kosit Wihan

Wat Kosit Wihan is among the most revered temples in Phuket and is located just north of Phuket Town, not far from Phuket Mission Hospital. At the centre of the temple is the shrine hall, where most religious ceremonies take place. This beautiful building, with its triple roofs, gets busy on important Buddhist holidays.

Important images around the temple include the golden laughing Buddha statue and a statue of Lung Por Lod, the temple’s first abbot. Built over 140 years ago on the edge of a national park hill, Wat Kosit’s grounds are full of tropical trees and interesting flowers.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5.30pm
  • Location: 228 Moo 6, Thepkrasatree Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha

Wat Mai Luang Pu Supha (also known as Wat Sila Suparam) in Chalong is a relatively new temple on the island. This beautiful and inviting property was built with attention to detail but it's famous mainly because of its founder, Luang Pu Supha, who is probably one of the most respected and long-lived monks in modern Read More...

  • Location: Chaofa West Rd, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Wat Suwan Khiri Wong

In a middle of Patong’s busy development and the infamous nightlife lies a peaceful and holy place called Wat Suwan Khiri Wong, or Wat Patong for short. It's the centre of local Thai Buddhism. This Theravada temple features beautiful structures including the main ubosot (chapel), pagoda, monastery hall and statues of Lord Buddha. Monks living in the temple go through the nearby community every morning to collect food from the villagers, who line their route.

  • Location: Moo 1, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Wat Sawang Arom

Wat Sawang Arom is a good example of a real community temple. It's small but serves as the centre of Buddhist life in Rawai and nearby villages. The interior is very basic compared to bigger and more famous temples, but you'll see the traditional Buddha images and some paintings telling the story of the Lord Buddha. Like a typical Thai temple, there's a school adjacent to it.

  • Location: 3/10 Wiset Rd, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Wat Cherngtalay

Wat Cherngtalay has been the spiritual centre of the village for over 100 years (though it was relocated to its current location in the '70s). The temple consists of 5 large buildings – 3 of them dedicated to religious services, while the other 2 are the monks’ dormitory and their refectory.

Featuring traditional Thai temple architecture and decoration, Wat Cherngtalay also blends Buddhism and Hinduism. Inside the ordination hall, you can see a fresco depicting the life of Siddharta Gautama (Buddha). Meanwhile, outside the temple, a large painting represents Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of success and one of the most important deities in the Indian pantheon known as Phra Phikanet in Thailand. Mantras are all written in Sanskrit. Tranquil and beautiful, Wat Cherngtalay is a fine temple to visit in the Bangtao area.

  • Location: 2 Soi Cherngtalay 6, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Popular Temples in Phang Nga Province

Wat Bang Riang

Wat Bang Riang (formally Wat Rat Upatam) is a beautiful hilltop temple on Khao Lan Mountain in Thap Put, Phang Nga Province. The temple features a seated golden Buddha image, a large statue of Kwam Im (Guan Yin), the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, as well as fine Thai temple architecture.

A drive through the rustic countryside

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
  • Location: Bang Riang, Thap Put, Muang, Phang-nga 82000, Thailand
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Wat Tham Ta Pan

Wat Tham Ta Pan is one of the weirdest original temples in southern Thailand. Located in Phang Nga Town, approximately 100 km northeast of Phuket, the site offers a journey through Buddhist Heaven and Hell. At first sight, the temple looks a bit abandoned and decrepit, which simply adds to the eariness of the place. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 6pm
  • Location: 79 Soi Tham Ta Pan 5, Tham Nam Phut, Muang, Phang-nga 82000, Thailand
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