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Wat Chalong, Phuket

Saturday, 1 October 2005 | link | tag | / Trips / Thailand
Wat Chalong is the largest and most ornate Buddhist temple in Phuket, and this is the second time I've been here. This time, with Luke and Kyrya on what had to be the hottest and most humid day I've ever felt.

The temple and the main hall are such beautiful buildings, you never get tired of looking at them. The stillness of the air and the quiet inside them belies the presence of lots of marble and stone.

The temple provides visitors and worshipers the opportunity to set off firecrackers and ask for lucky lottery numbers, and have their fortune told. You pick up a bamboo can of what look likes chopsticks and shake it rhythmically until a single chopstick falls out, it has a number. You take the number to a wooden cabinet and open the drawer with your number, and your fortune is inscribed on a little piece of paper inside (in Thai).

You can also obtain a good luck charm in the form of a string of jasmine flowers and tie it arround your wrist to protect you from injury and illness. Bud got one of these for Kyrya.

Finally, you can ask Buddha a question - you do this by gathering two red wooden blocks from the floor that are shapped like a mango. You pose your question, toss the blocks in the air, and if they land with the same side showing, the answer is yes, if they land with one side up, the other down, the answer is no. I asked if it was time for lunch... the answer? A resounding yes...