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Wat Mongkol Nimit in Phuket Town

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 close to Thalang Road, the historical streets of Phuket Town it would complete your visit perfectly.

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Wat Mongkol Nimit is very large and very easy to find: it’s that temple roof everyone can see and often photographs at the and of Soi Romanee just across Dibuk Road.

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Not many take the time to walk there. The temple grounds are very large and link in most temple very peaceful despite being in the centre of town, and this is probably the only place where monks live in one of those beautiful Sino-Portuguese houses everybody is lo fascinated with. Take the time to walk around the garden, each tree holds a simple but meaningful Buddhist principle written both in Thai and English. Once you reach the back of the temple you will find a nice tall chedi most people miss.

wat mongkol nimit child monk

The temple is also a school for monks, young and old and you might get a chance to witness the first days of a monk’s life, just as I did the day teachers were demonstrating the proper way to wear the orange robe… not as easy as it looks!

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Thai ceremonies are often held in this temple, including funerals, which are not as sad events as they appear in occidental countries. Funerals are gatherings of relatives and friends sharing a dinner together. Monk ceremonies are held on one of the two large and exquisitely decorated temples, but funerals are usually set in a smaller and anonymous-looking building in the back, probably because it allows people to have dinner all together under a large tent set just next to it. As usual, I would strongly recommend making a donation, even small, as it will make you feel good for the day 🙂

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Old Mansion at Wat Mongkol Nimit

Wat Mongkol Nimit Info

Location: Phuket Town
: Address: 8/1 Moo 2, Soi Mongkulnimit, Talat Yai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 Thailand
Dress Code: No short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless Tee shirts
Price: Free
Highlights: a Sino-Portuguese house and a golden chedi in the back

Wat Mongkol Nimit Map

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Willy Thuan

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!