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Wat Phra Thong, Talang Phuket

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The big famous temple in Phuket is Wat Chalong, but there are plenty of smaller temples in Phuket, each with their own legends and stories.

Wat Phra Thong is in the North of the island, near Talang town center and it's story is a tale of a man who tied his buffalo onto a stone statue stuck in the mud. He died suddenly, and so did his buffalo. They found he'd tied his buffalo to a stone Buddha statue that had sunk into mud.

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Other stories say some Burmese workers found the status and tried to dig it out, but it was sunk too deep. The guide says it's a half Buddha statue, rather than a half sunk statue.

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I look for textures when I'm in a temple, and little oddities that catch my eye. Like the disco balls reflecting the temple.

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Or the mould that's slowly taking over the pink paintwork. At the side of the temple, a river is slowly being taken over by weeds and only a small section of the temple has so far been refurbished.

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If you leave by the back exit of the temple and head right into the jungle, you'll find some little treats, a classic wooden stilt house, and an Orthodox Christian church. Russian Orthodox, judging by the accents of the people there.


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