26.02.2009 -17 °C
For our last day in thailand, we decided to experience the Phuket culture. Since Phuket has 29 Buddhist temples spread across the island, we decided we had to see one! Our guide told us that Wat Chalong was the one to see, so that's where we headed! We were told that Wats (buddhist temples) are among the most important symbols of thailand, because the majority of Thais are Buddhist, and the temples are so beautiful! When we first arrived, we were actually quite scared by the sound of fire crackers! We found out that the local people hang strings of Chinese fire crackers near the wat's sermon hall and light them! Apparently this is only something they do at Wat Chalong! They do this to show gratitude for prayers answered! Very interesting! Wat Chalong was so beautiful and interesting inside. And we had read before going (thank God!) that when in a temple, it is best to do what the locals are doing, and never stand over or taller than a Buddha statue! We also were made aware that it is innapropriate to show shoulders, stomach, legs, or chest while visiting a temple. We had shorts on, so we made our visit brief! We spent the rest of the day shopping downtown Phuket City, visiting every shop and market we saw. Have to make sure you've bought everything you wanted! We then made our way back to our apartment/hotel and got ourselves packed and ready for our early departure home in the morning! Hope no one forgets their passport!