Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2019 – September 28 – October 7

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2019

When is Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2019?September 28 - October 7[toc]The Phuket Vegetarian Festival (or Nine Emperor Gods Festival) happens once a year, during the ninth lunar month, and is one of the most auspicious events on the island. For this unique occasion, a crowd of devotees assemble in every Chinese shrine around the island, followed by an even bigger horde of photographers avid to get the shot of their life.

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Wat Chalong – Phuket’s Most Important Temple

Wat Chalong Temple

What is Chalong Temple? [toc] Wat Chalong, the largest, most revered and most visited Buddhist temple in Phuket was built at the beginning of the 19th century, 1837 according to some sources. Chalong Temple (officially Wat Chaiyatararam) is one of the Must-See places in Phuket, together with the nearby Big Buddha of Phuket as they are relatively close to each other. The tallest building on the grounds of Wat Chalong is

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Wat Doi Thepnimit Phuket – A New Temple in Patong Beach

Doi Thepnimit Patong Phuket

Doi Thepnimit Phuket [toc] Doi Thepnimit Phuket is a monastic residence with a fantastic panoramic view over Patong beach. You can see its iconic white pagoda from the beach, if you know in which direction to look, of course, it's pretty tiny. Doi Thepnimit is a small but so beautifully decorated temple, and with such a view, it's worth stopping on your way in or out Patong beach. The Chedi

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Koh Sirey and Wat Koh Sirey near Phuket Town

Koh Sirey

What to Do on Sirey Island [toc] Koh Sirey is an island, but you would never guess it from a map and many probably have never heard of it. Connected to Phuket town by a very short bridge, this small piece of land doesn't have many particular signs but this is where you will find the beautiful Westin Siray Bay Resort (Like many words translated from Thai, the spelling often

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Buddha Postures for the Seven Days of the Week

7 Buddha Postures

7 Buddha Postures for the 7 Days of the Week [toc] If you have been to a temple (or 'Wat') in Thailand, you might have noticed that the Buddha appears in standing, sitting or reclining postures. In some, you will even see seven (sometimes eight) statues of Buddha aligned next to each other, often with a donation cup in front of it. So what does it mean? Many people see

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Wat Sri Sunthon Temple – Phuket Reclining Golden Buddha

Wat Sri Sunthon

Phuket Reclining Golden Buddha [toc] Wat Sri Sunthon (Wat Srisoonthorn) is known for the immense golden Buddha reclining at the top of a large building in the 'Pang Sai Yat' posture, which corresponds to “Realizing Nirvana” (read more here). The statue seems to be staring endlessly at the frantic traffic on the nearby road to Phuket International Airport. Of course you already knew that 'Wat' is the Thai word for 'Temple'.

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Phuket Temples – A List of the Most Famous Temples of Phuket

Wat Khaorang - Phuket Temples

Thai Temples of Phuket [toc] Phuket temples are always worth a visit, from the temple hidden inside a cave to the famous Wat Chalong, a visit to Thailand would not be complete without exploring few of these magnificent and beautifully ornamented buildings (a 'Wat' means 'Temple', you guessed it). Phuket does have many temples and one by one we will probably list them all, but many are difficult to find or

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Phuket Big Buddha

Big Buddha Phuket

Climb to the Phuket Big Buddha [toc] Big Buddha Phuket is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue visible from anywhere in the southern part of Phuket. It is probably at the top of everyone's 'Must-Do in Phuket', and for a good reason. The views from up there are breathtaking. The staues is built with people's donation and is still under construction. If you feel like doing something to help to finish

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Wat Phra Nang Sang Temple in Thalang

Wat Phra Nang Sang

Wat Phra Nang Sang Wat Phra Nang Sang was built more than 500 years ago and therefore is the oldest temple in Phuket. This unusual temple was built when Cherngtalay in Thalang was the main city of Phuket Island. Wat Phra Nang Sang is a bit quirky and seems to be permanently under construction. As long as I have lived in Phuket there always have been unfinished buildings... and no one

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Wat Suwan Kuha – Buddha Cave in Phang Nga

Wat Suwan Kuha in Phang Nga

Wat Suwan Kuha - Buddha Cave in Phang Nga [toc] Wat Suwan Kuha is a surprising cave sheltering an immense reclining golden Buddha. If you feel like a little drive outside Phuket island, this is your chance to explore another side of Phang Nga! This region is not only famous for incredible limestone cliffs plunging straight down into the sea, but also for some unexpected jewels. If you rent a

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Wat Phra Thong in Phuket (Wat Prathong)

Wat Phra Thong

Wat Prathong in Thalang [toc] Wat Phra Thong (or Wat Prathong) meaning 'Golden Buddha Image Temple' is a very old temple with an incredible legend behind it, the kind of story that irresistibly attracts people... It's not very big or impressive, but the first thing everyone wants to see is the famous half buried golden Buddha. So what is this strange legend about a temple located in Thalang, on the

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Karon Temple Market – A Local Market in a Temple

Karon Temple

Shop and Try Local Food at Karon Temple Market [toc] The Karon Temple Market has grown steadily in popularity in the past years, and because it only occurs only twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays), people start to plan their evenings around that event. Night markets have always been popular in Phuket and all over Thailand, but a Temple market sounds so much more exotic. Also, Karon Beach lacks a

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Chinese Temples and Shrines in Phuket

Chinese Temples and Shrines in Phuket

Phuket Chinese Temples [toc] Chinese temples and shrines in Phuket are always a great opportunity for some good photo. There are quite a few around and each of them have its characters and special features. The large ones are very popular during Chinese New Year in February, or the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in October, and can get extremely crowded, not to mention very loud from firecrackers. Jui Tui Shrine [caption

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival Typical Schedule and Calendar

Phuket Vegetarian Festival Schedule and Calendar

Phuket Vegetarian Festival Typical Schedule and Calendar In case you are coming to Phuket in October, here is a Phuket Vegetarian Festival Schedule and Calendar of each day event, in which temple each events will occur, when and where the famous processions will happen. Remember to bring a mask for the smoke and ear protections as the firecrackers sound will leave you deaf for a day. Read all about Phuket

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Wat Mongkol Nimit – Wat Putta Mongkon

Wat Puttamonkon

Wat Mongkol Nimit Wat Mongkol Nimit or Wat Putta Mongkon might not be the most impressive temple in Phuket but this one means a lot to people living around Phuket Town. All temples are of course worth visiting but since Wat Mongkol Nimit is really close to Thalang Road, the historical streets of Phuket Town it would complete your visit perfectly. Wat Mongkol Nimit is very large and very easy to

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