Wat Srisoonthorn (Wat Lipon) - Phuket

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Known by locals as Wat Lipon, this temple is in Thalang, north of Phuket Town. The first impression on entering the grounds is of the 29-metre-high Sleeping Buddha on top of the wat’s central building, so large that it is noticeable from the road outside.

Nearby are nine other smaller Buddha images in different positions – all facing the entrance as if welcoming people.

Wat Srisoonthorn’s Highlights

Why the sleeping position? This pose is considered very important for Buddhists as it represents the Lord Buddha in the stage of dreaming. The story has it that it happened after he stopped the six-year long period of extreme self-mortification (in the hope of discovering the Truth about life). He had a dream that made him realize soon afterward that he had indeed reached the stage of enlightenment and was ready to help other people.

If you look around here, you will notice that there are quite a few non-Buddha images, including a giant and lions (all from Thai myths, not at all your average giant and lions). They are believed to act as the temple’s guards.

 

Wat Srisoonthorn

Wat Srisoonthorn 1

Other interesting images are of phets (ghosts from a Thai myth). From the old Thai belief, a phet is a skinny creature as tall as a palm tree and has a mouth as small as a pin therefore it is perpetually hungry. Some Thais believe that if one does bad things especially hitting parents or cheating on your spouse, the person will end up being a phet in the afterlife. It’s the main reason why many wats have this ghost image – to remind people to be kind to their folks and spouses, among other things.

Another point of interest is a small bell tower which people can go up to and have a closer look at. Also, there’s an electronic fortune-telling machine into which you insert a coin and ask questions to see what the outcome will be. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea though.

 

Wat Srisoonthorn

 

Wat Srisoonthorn

Covering about 22 rai of land, Wat Lipon was built in 1792. It was later named Wat Srisoonthorn by King Rama I. The main ubosot (or temple hall) is in a very simple style. There’s only one full wall and the whole property is very quiet, peaceful and shady. Good for those looking for a place to meditate.

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Services Inluded:
  • - Private transfers  with  Professional English Speaking guide
  • - Accommodation with breakfast at mentioned Hotels
  • - Meals (Food only / NO drinks) as mentioned in programs
  • - All Entrance fees for the whole trip as mentioned in programme
  • - Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • - Daily 2 mineral water bottles per day per pax.
  • - All taxes
  • - Highly responsive 24/7 support during the tour.
  • - High quality personally handpicked local guides at all places that are government approved.
  • - Courteous chauffeur at your service for the tour.
  • - In tour flights if any
  • - Special assistances in ease city for smooth check-ins.
Services Excluded:
  • - International flights & departure taxes
  • - Visa On Arrival guaranteed letter
  • - Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • - Travel insurance
  • - Beverage
  • - Other services not mentioned above

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