Projecting a striking balance between Thai and Buddhist culture, the temples of Koh Phangan should undoubtedly be paid a visit when one is in the vicinity. These sanctuaries provide both locals and foreign nationals with an opportunity to mingle and trade tales of their unique cultures while absorbing the sights and sounds before them. Home to over 20 temples, Koh Phangan will offer you a memorable experience where you will be able to meet and greet the local monks while also watch as they attend to their daily duties. For those wanting to absorb the ambience that these sanctuaries are famous for, schedule a trip that will lead you to each of these temples where you can spend time learning of the local customs and beliefs.
Move past thick jungle and enchanting waterfalls as you tread some of the most eye-catching of landscapes in all of Thailand. Retreat to the area of Thongsala where you will be welcomed by the site of Wat Phu Khao Noi. Considered to be the oldest sanctuary in Koh Phangan, the temple finds a special place amongst the rest of such shrines of worship. Possessing a wealth of ‘Chedis’ and old buildings, visitors will be mesmerised by the unhindered panoramas of the island and beyond from the comfort of this temple located atop a hill. If it is Buddhist temples you are on the lookout for, try the Jade Buddha which is nestled near the entrance to the beautiful Phaeng Waterfall.
Should you be heading over to Chaloklum Bay, consider visiting the Kuan Yin Shrine, which is of Chinese origin and found in the region of Penang. Built by the early Chinese settlers of the Cantonese and Hokkien ethnic communities, the shrine comes across as a popular tourist attraction. Dedicated to the goddess of infinite compassion and mercy, the Kuan Yin Shrine is an architectural wonder. Its pillars have been carved out of green stone while it showcases entwined dragons that majestically rise from the roof of the sanctuary. The walls depict paintings of Chinese warriors of the past while the metre-high statuette of Kuan Yin is by far its most prized monument. Additionally, the temple of Wat Pho, where you can witness monks operating a herbal steam sauna and the Chinese Temple, are other such edifices worth visiting.
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