Wat Chalong is situated in Chalong areas. The temple is believed to be built during the reign of King Rama II (1809-1842) and has a remarkable history of its pivotal and morale-boosting roles in the fighting between the Thai community and a Chinese dissident clan called “Angyee” in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn). The reverend-monk Luang Phor Chaem played a leading spiritual role back then, boosting Thai local warriors’ morale towards the victory in the end. People then attributed the victory and protection from dangers to Luang Phor Chaem’s sacredness and spiritual powers. Following this, he was bestowed the region’s highest monastic title by King Rama V in recognition of his community contribution and betterment of people livelihood.
To go without a stopover at Wat Chalong while in Phuket can mean that you do not actually arrive in Phuket. A true spot to see how devout the crowds are and at the same time to pray for good luck and prosperity on yourself, all amid effervescent incense and deafening firecrackers, which are offerings so dear to Luang Phor Chaem.