Wat Phra Thong
- July 23, 2016
- Phuket Highlights
Wat Phra Thong
Wat Phra Thong, also known as Wat Phra Phud (‘The Temple of the Protruding Buddha’), is probably the most legendary temple in Phuket as its history is surrounded by rumours, legends, twisted facts, and plain fairy tales. But one thing is for sure; it’s an unusual place as its main attraction is the upper part of a large Buddha image protruding out of the ground! The story allegedly behind this strange image is that one day a farmer’s son tied his buffalo to what he took to be a post in the ground. He soon fell ill and died (the buffalo as well).
His grieving father dreamed about this and became curious and so went to examine the post, subsequently discovering it to be the very top of a buried Buddha image. Villagers trying to dig it up were hampered and sometimes died as well so a visiting monk decreed that a temple should be built around the image. Another legend recounts that during the Burmese invasion of Thalang town in 2328 B.E. (1785), the invaders tried in vain to excavate the statue to take it back with them. Every time they attempted to dig into the ground, swarms of hornets would swoop on them, forcing them to give up the task.
A more rational explanation of why the Buddha image was buried is that a nearby waterway may have flooded and buried the area under silt. But this doesn’t explain the eerie death curse! Nowadays the temple doubles as a museum (founded by the present abbot), housing antiques and curios ranging from Javanese daggers to tin-mining paraphernalia. Wat Phra Thong is one of Phuket’s oldest Buddhist temples and in 1909 was visited and named by Rama VI who was crown prince at the time.
Open: 08:00 – 17:30 daily
Bismarck’s Paradise, the luxury holiday villa estate is located approximately 8km from Wat Phra Thong Temple