A beautifully designed temple, Wat Khao Rang is the quieter version of more touristy Wat Chalong and is surrounded by breath-taking scenery.
Story Behind It
Wat Khao Rang has the first golden sitting Buddha in Phuket and was founded by the famous monk called Luang Pu Supha. Since then, the temple has been expanding and naga snakes and a Yaksha statue have been added next to the Buddha statue. It even has traditional Thai carvings on the roofs and doors and images of the highly respected monks who dwelt and lived in the temple a long time ago.
What’s So Awesome About It
Wat Khao Rang is a magnificent looking temple. Its biggest attraction is a golden sitting Buddha. It is far away from the crowd and not a major tourist destination. So, you would find it empty most of the time. The thing that makes this temple stand out is that it’s on a hillside and the staircase leading up to it is well designed with idols. It is a sight to behold.
Other attractions include the Thai art forms from myths, like the statue of Yomammaraj (the Lord of Death). There is also a building adjacent to the golden Buddha, within which you can view a set of stunning Thai art paintings. Once you climb up about 100 steps, you can see beautiful views of the town.
Wat Khao Rang is not hyped and is rather small, hence not too crowded with tourists.
Locals usually visit in the mornings or on weekends to donate fresh food or give alms to the monks. This makes for your visit to the temple a more peaceful and serene experience.
Unlike the famous Wat Chalong, Wat Kho Rang is a small temple. So you will need not more than 15 minutes to explore the area. Hence you need to plan it as a stopover to another attraction in your itinerary. You need to walk up a lot of steps in order to reach the golden Buddha statue, which may not be a task for the elderly.
Cover your shoulders and legs up to your knees and carry a sarong. The temple employees do provide free coverups, just in case you don’t have one.
How To Reach There
Located on Soi Wachira, Wat Khao Rang is ahead of Vachira Hospital on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Town. You can take a tuk-tuk from Kata beach, which will take you about 30 minutes to reach the temple.
We recommend taking a car or a bike to the temple. The walk, though a good workout, can be tiring. You need to have some transport to drive you back from the temple, else it becomes difficult to find a vehicle at the temple.