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- We were lucky enough to have some friends drive us up to the Big Buddha. We can see the Buddha from where we live in Chalong (it's on a mountaintop so it stands out). The drive up is over a pretty steep, winding road. They have plenty of parking and entrance is free. For men, be sure to wear something that covers your shoulders. For women, have your shoulders covered and try to wear a skirt or dress that covers your knees (this is a Buddhist site).
There is no entrance fee (although donation boxes are set up around the site). We first checked out the views (including the Adaman Sea and Chalong Bay) then walked through a short side path on rocks with some small shrines and we encountered some monkeys. Although the came close, they weren't agressive. Be sure not to have any food on you or attempt to feed them.
Inside the Buddha they have a small shopping area where all the profits go to charity. You can also make a donation and be blessed by a Buddhist monk.Written 12 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful and serene temple-complex, definately worth a visit. Several different templets to enter and admire. One of which is Several floors high. Remember to dress appropriately, and observe the customs.Written 10 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Monday 17th February and we were booked on a boat trip to Coral Island and our departure point was from the beach along side Chalong Pier.
At the entrance to the pier is a salmon coloured lighthouse, not sure if decorative or has some functional use. If nothing else it add character to the place.
The pier itself is 720 metres long, stretching out into the Sea. Along both sides of the pier are lined with ornate street lights and red brick flower troughs containing colourful bushes.
Nice place to stroll along.Written 23 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Friday 14th February and we visited the majestic Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong).
The Grand Pagoda, Chedi, is the most imposing building in the Complex, standing 60 metres tall. However there are a number of smaller buildings that are worth looking at, including this one.
The Reverend Father Abbot temple is a small elegant building and is easy to identify with its colourful roof with orange and green tiles. At each end of the roof there is a gilded chofah adornments, which are believed to represent the mythical creature Garuda, the vehicle of the Hindu god Vishnu.
The Temple has ornate gold leaf window frames. It is well worth keeping an eye open for.Written 4 May 2020
- Friday 14th February and we visited the Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). This smaller but no less ornate Temple is situated within the Comples
This is where Buddists come to make offerings and to pray that their wishes/dreams are granted. This included rubbing gold leaf on to the statues and leaving floral tributes.
People return here and light fire crackers, when wishes are granted. This is done in a kiln like structure, by the Temple. It made quiet a racket as the sound of fire crackers being lit rang out through the complex.
Small beautiful Temple not to be missed during a visit to Wat Chalong.Written 4 April 2020
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