The 6 Most Amazing Temples on Koh Phangan
The Temples on Koh Phangan are, besides the famous dream beaches, the deep jungle and the tropical waterfalls another popular attraction of the holiday island. More than 20 of these Buddhist temples are scattered all over the island. These temples are important religious and cultural sites that provide insight into the spirituality and culture of Thailand. But where are the best temples of Koh Phangan, what are the insider tips, and where can you find the most beautiful temples on the island? In this travel guide, we have compiled our temple recommendations for the dream island of Koh Phangan at a glance.
Here we show you the 6 most interesting and beautiful temples of Koh Phangan. In addition, there are a lot of information and tips that are guaranteed to help you with your travel planning.
Chinese Temple Goddess of Mercy
The Chinese Temple Goddess of Mercy, also known as the Chinese Temple of Koh Phangan or Kuan Yin Temple is located on a hill, just 5 minutes from the holiday village of Chaloklum. That temple is the most famous temple of Koh Phangan and so a popular tourist attraction on the island. Up on the Hill, from the terraces of the temple complex, you will be spoiled by a beautiful panorama, far across the lush jungle and overlooking the deep blue sea. This temple is designed in the traditional Chinese style with many decorative elements and dragon motifs. The bright colors and richly decorated facade make the temple one of the most beautiful on Koh Phangan. Really stunning are also the bright red and green colors of the temple roofs and the many details and ornaments of this extraordinarily beautiful temple.
Currently, the entrance fee to the Chinese temple costs 80 Baht per person.
This white, gold-embellished temple Wat Chaloklum is located in the north of Koh Phangan, right at the fishing village of Ban Chalok Lam and is definitely one of the island’s quieter temples. Although the temple itself is really beautiful, hardly any tourist can be found in this calm place. A pity because this white temple is absolutely worth visiting, and the architecture is just outstanding. Additionally, here you will get a close look into the Buddhist life of the monks! Also really interesting is the annual temple festival, a colorful mixture of religious celebrations and market. This always takes place in late February to early March.
Admission to Wat Chaloklum is free.
Wat Pho & Herbal Sauna
Wat Pho on Koh Phangan is most famous for its massages and for the temple sauna. If you are looking for an extraordinary temple experience, you should try the herbal sauna of Wat Pho temple. The temple complex is located in the small village of Baan Tai, in the south of Koh Phangan. The temple sauna is usually open daily from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm. However, these may change occasionally. Massages are also offered for only 300,- Baht and if you like, you can treat yourself to a delicious coconut afterward.
Admission to the temple is free, only the herbal sauna at Wat Pho costs 130, – Baht per person.
Wat Ruese Pa Saeng Tham
Located just around the corner of the famous Chinese Temple in the north of the island, Wat Ruese Pa Saeng Tham is another small-hidden gem on Koh Phangan. We were particularly surprised by the countless small statues and the many lovely details of the temple. Especially the big golden rock, which is located directly in the jungle, is very impressive. Wat Paa Sang Tham is one of the best temples on Koh Phangan and really worth a short stopover.
Admission is free.
The Wat Nai is the smallest and one of the oldest temples of Koh Phangan and is definitely worth a quick stopover. When you visit, you are amazed by an old, beautiful temple and an impressive tree right next to it. If you do not know the way, you probably will not pass. It is located near Baan Tai, hidden inside a coconut plantation. This ancient cheddi, which dates back to the early 1800s, is one of the secret jewels on the island.
Wat Rat Charoen
The temple complex Wat Rat Charoen, also called Wat Thong Sala, is located in the main town of the island. To tourists, it is still an unknown place, but to the locals of the island, this temple is an important center for ceremonies and temple festivals. If you are on your way from the main town to the beaches of the West Coast, you certainly should beautiful sacred building. Very authentic attraction and a beautiful temple on Koh Phangan island.
Admission is free.
Conclusion: On Koh Phangan you will find plenty of small temples and Buddhist sites. Of course, these kinds of temples are not comparable to the impressive temples in Bangkok, but you can still find a few sacral places which are worth seeing. It’s best to set off on your own, explore the beautiful island of Koh Phangan by scooter and discover some of the best temples along the way.
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