- July 23, 2016
- Phuket Highlights
Actually Wat Srisoonthorn is not this Buddhist temple’s real name. It was so-named by Rama 1 when he visited the island; its original name is Wat Lipon. Built in 1792 and located in Thalang some five kilometres north of the Two Heroine’s monument its main characteristic is a huge 29-metre tall reclining Buddha on the top of the temple’s main building – easily noticeable from the busy Airport-Phuket road which passes directly outside the temple.
Here, on this large plot of land, you’ll find nine other Buddha images and many statues of what appear to be non-religious subjects such as a giant and several lions but in fact these images ‘guard’ the temple and you’ll find them in many Buddhist wats throughout Thailand. Wandering through the grounds you’ll also come across a modest-sized bell tower as well as ‘phet’ images which represent ghosts deliberately placed there (and in many other temples throughout the land as well) to warn people to stay on the straight and narrow path. A phet is a ghost with a pin-sized mouth and as a consequence it is permanently hungry – a warning specifically against infidelity and disrespect towards parents amongst other spiritual errors such as greed. Its diet is its punishment – a wholly unappetizing regime of blood and puss! For such a busy spot this temple is surprisingly peaceful and it’s rare to run into crowds here so it’s a great place to take your time and relax in.
Open: 07:00 – 17:30 daily
Our villa complex, Bismarcks Paradise, is located approximately 15km from Wat Srisoonthorn