Temples and Museums

Land of smiles and temples

Big Buddha

This 45-metre Buddha statue stands high on the top of the Nakkerd Hills overlooking Chalong, Kata and Rawai, and is visible from most of the south of Phuket. The body of the Buddha is layered with white Burmese marble, making it a symbol of hope and is a must-see attraction during your stay in Phuket. Pay your respects at the shrine before stepping up to see the Big Buddha in all its glory. As one of Phuket's most revered landmarks, don't miss your chance to see this spectacular sight which also offers stunning 360 degree views of the island.

Promthep Cape

Situated at the top of the island's southernmost hill, Promthep Cape offers 360 degree vistas of tropical blue waters, green foliage and white sand beaches. As one of Phuket's most photographed locations, you can also visit the lighthouse museum that's filled with historical maritime artefacts and see the small shrine near the peak that features a number of wooden elephants. This viewpoint is famous for its sunsets and stunning views over the Phi Phi islands, Koh Racha Noi and Koh Kiaow's Buddhist monastery. 

Wat Chalong

Set within achingly beautiful grounds, Wat Chalong is the most important temple in Phuket. The temple is dedicated to two venerable monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who helped the injured in the tin miner's rebellion in 1876. Today, the temple features a few chapels and prayer rooms, but is most famous for holding a splinter of bone from the Lord Buddha in the Grand Pagoda. 

Thalang National Museum

Phuket's national museum contains a variety of ancient artefacts including exhibits about the famous Battle of Thalang where the well-known heroines, Chan and Mook, defended the island against the Burmese in the 18th century. You will also find exhibits about Phuket's tin mining history, the indigenous Sea Gypsy culture and the island's Chinese heritage.