Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas

Pra Thong Temple

The Phra Thong Temple or Wat Phra Thong is popular with both tourists and local residents. The temple is famous for the statue of Buddha partly buried under the ground, the upper half emerging above the surface. According to legend, the Burmese attempted to excavate the statue during their invasion of Thalang town in 1785. The statue was intended to be brought back to Burma. However, all efforts to excavate the statue ultimately failed. Legend has it that each time the invaders dug deeper into the ground, swarms of hornets would attack them rigorously as if the insects were devoted guardians of the statue. In the end the Burmese gave up, and left empty-handed. Later, the visible part of the statue was covered with gold by the villagers and has remained so to this day. The temple is located approximately 20 kilometres from the resort. To get there, you need to travel along Thepkrasattri Road and upon reaching the Thalang District Office, turn left and proceed directly to the temple.

Address of the POI : 170 Moo 7, Thepkasattri, Talang, Phuket 83110