Temples in Phuket

Phuket Temples, Wats and Shrines

Phuket has long figured large in Thai history, from early times to tin mining to the present. Throughout the centuries Phuket has played host to many different nationalities.

Foreign influences may come and go but Phuket's temples represent a touchstone, both religiously and culturally. Locals frequent them to maintain ties with their past as each of the island's temples has a story to tell about Phuket's history. For visitors to the island, to learn more about Buddhism and Taoism by visiting these places of worship is a positive, uplifting experience.

Featured Temples
Wat Bang Riang Wat Bang Riang

A beautiful hilltop temple, Wat Bang Riang is located on Khao Lan Mountain in Thap Put, Phang Nga Province. It features a seated golden Buddha, a large statue of Kwam Im, and fine Thai temple architecture. Read More...

Must-See Temples in Phuket & Phang Nga 7 Must-See Temples

You’re sure to find a colourful and interesting Buddhist temple near to where you’re staying; here are some of the best in Phuket and in neighbouring Phang Nga Province. Read More...

Popular Temples and Shrines of Phuket

Phuket Heroines Monument Phuket Heroines Monument

Heroines Monument is no doubt one of the top landmarks on the island. The story of Chan and Mook who led the locals to fight against Burmese intruders and won a battle still has a strong impact on the psyche of local islanders. Read More...

Bang Neow Shrine Bang Neow Shrine

The Bang Neow Shrine is a beautiful place of worship in Phuket Town. Founded in 1904, it was originally part of another shrine at Soi Romanee in the Old Town. 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 from Phuket’s main market, it’s a must-see site. Read More...

Kathu Shrine Kathu Shrine

Kathu Shrine has shared a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival & is known as the original home of the festival.The original Kathu shrine was very small & not at all grand. 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 high it is easily seen from far away.  Read More...

Samkong Shrine (Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine) 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. Read More...

Tha Rua Shrine Tha Rua Shrine

If you go in or out of town using Thepkrasattri Road you will notice an elegant Taoist Shrine. This is Tha Rua Shrine, the fourth-oldest on the island. Read More...

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 learn something about Buddhism. 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 visitors can discover a large golden sitting Buddha. 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 Buddha statue called Luang Poh Phra Thong. Read More...


Did You Know?

  • There is no admission charge at Wats or Chinese temples/shrines in Phuket.
  • You will be asked to remove your shoes when entering certain parts of the wats and shrines, it is wise not to wear your best shoes (or an expensive pair), in case someone else mistakenly takes them.
  • You would not wear beachwear or revealing clothing when visiting a revered holy place in the west. The same common-sense rule applies here.

Related Pages

Phuket Wats (Buddhist Temples) Phuket Buddhist Temples

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... Read More...

Phuket Chinese Shrines Phuket Chinese Shrines

Phuket has a large percentage of Chinese residents descended from those who emigrated from southern China a few centuries ago. These people brought with them their rich culture and traditions. Read More...

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