Temple built by the Queen: Wat Phranang Sang
This oldest temple in Phuket built in 1785 is located quite close to Wat Phratong, and on the way to the airport. The temple is located right on the main road, which from the outside seems to look rather ordinary.
But once in its compound, the Wat Phranang Sang comes in full glory and grandeur. Its carvings and all are intricate with gold, blue and red.
First Interesting Item
Interestingly, I saw this carving of the dragon & phoneix.
The surroundings is peaceful just like the many other temples in Phuket or Thailand. Not many people were around, making it rather quiet and tranquil.
Second Interesting Item
And just before we left, we noticed something so familiar to Singapore - yes, the Merlion being right here in the middle of the temple in Phuket, Thailand!
The Next Surprise
Moving on, we also did venture into Phuket town. And one not familiar will be quite surprised, especially if we think temples in Thailand are similar in a way - which is having Thai architecture.
But, in the Phuket town, and in fact, along the roads, we've seen a few Chinese architecture temples - one of them the Jui Tui temple.
The temple looks and resemble the many temples of red and gold that we are more familiar with at the other parts of Asia.
Really, one may not realise that he/ she is in Phuket! :)
So, there you have it - a beautiful journey through temples which can only make a trip more interesting, especially these unique ones, which are very unexpected!
More to come: What other reasons that made us turnaround from so-so to falling in love with this dreamy Thai island of Phuket! And why Phuket is like home.
*The Jui Tui temple apparently is a centre of activities during the Vegetarian Festival.