Dominating the temple is the Grand Pagoda, officially named Phramahathatchedi-Jomthaibarameepragat, contains a splinter of Lord Buddha’s bone and many pictures depicting scenes of his life, along with a vast variety of statues of Buddha many poses. You will want to take your time exploring this cool, airy pagoda that seems to always be blessed with a cooling breeze. The following pictures give you a small sense of the magnificence of this Pagoda and its interior. There are even some shots taken from the upper balcony of the grounds below.
As I mentioned above there are many buildings within the growns of the wat and it is recommended that you explore each for its unique qualities. The hall containing the statues of the three abbots is very interesting and you will see many Thai’s inside and outside making offerings and praying. One practice is to shake a vase filled with numbered sticks until one of the sticks falls out, this is then your fortune. Once the stick has fallen to the floor, you go to a cabinet around the corner to retrieve your fortune from the appropriate numbered bin. You will need a Thai who can interpret your fortune since each is written in Thai. Having done this in many Buddist temples I have visited both here and in Japan I know that you sometimes get fortunes that you would rather not see come true, but there is a solution for this, you will need to carefully fold the fortune into a strip and tie it to the appropriate tree outside.
Of course before going to this hall you will want to stop at the store to purchase the proper offerings, usually flowers, incense and perhaps even the gold leaf to stick on the statues. Fear not if you forgot to get cash, this is always the convenient ATM machine available.
Although Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s many tourist attractions and can get very busy during the middle of the day it is also a place of peace and serenity to be enjoyed by all who visit. An important point to remember is that it is a very religious site in Buddhism and visit should dress appropriately, no bear shoulders or midriffs or short-shorts. If you are looking for a beautiful site where you can find a place to reflect on the day, then Wat Chalong as with other Wats on the island may be just what the doctor ordered.