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List of Landmarks and Monuments in Phuket - Explore Phuket!

Visitors to Thailand's largest island, Phuket, have several eye-catching natural and man-made landmarks and monuments to explore and gain a glimpse of the fascinating history of the island.

1

Prom Thep Cape

Also known as 'God's Cape', Prom Thep Cape is located close to Rawai Beach and is a breathtaking natural landmark which justifies the meaning behind its name. Prom Thep's towering cliffs and sweeping views attract tourists and locals alike and it is one of Phuket's most photographed attractions. If possible, try to catch a sunset at the cape. Those who want to watch the sunset should aim to be there by 5.30 or 6.00 pm if the weather is good. Prom Thep's lighthouse not only houses maritime artifacts but also offers amazing views of the sea.

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Two Heroines Monument

This monument offers interesting insight into a tumultuous part of Phuket's history. The monument was erected in memory of two sisters for their brave actions during the 18th century Burmese War. The two sisters helped save Phuket from Burmese invaders and locals still offer flowers in respect. The statue is located near one of the island's largest roundabouts.

3

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is within half an hour of most hotels and Phuket luxury villas. Thailand has a multitude of wats or temples but Wat Chalong sets itself apart from the rest because of its interesting history. Wat Chalong honours two venerable monks who led the residents of Chalong against the 1876 Chinese rebellion. These monks were not only fighters but healers as their extensive knowledge of herbal medicine was used to treat those injured in the rebellion. The wat has a 60 metre tall 'Chedi' which is said to house a splinter of Buddha's shin bone. As with all Buddhist temples, visitors must adhere to a strict dress code.

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Khao Rang

Khao Rang is a hill which offers stunning views of Phuket city and some of the neighbouring islands. Within half an hour's drive of accommodation such as Kata Rocks, Khao Rang is a great way to spend an evening or even a spur of the moment picnic. The glittering sight of the city at night time is also exceedingly romantic which makes it a great place to go with your partner. There are restaurants and eateries in the area which offer the chance to savour local cuisine against a stunning backdrop.

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Chui Tui

Chui Tui is often hailed as one of the area's oldest and most impressive man-made landmarks. This Chinese shrine is steeped in history and is an excellent example of traditional architecture adorned with the customary red and gold of Chinese shrines. The principal deity is Tean Hu Huan Soy, a Chinese god affiliated with performing artists and dancers. Chui Tui also plays a central role in Phuket's annual Vegetarian Festival where the Chinese community follows a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods for purification. Do not let the mild name fool you, during the festival period it is not uncommon to witness fire walking and body piercing carried out with the belief that the Chinese gods would protect believers from harm. Needless to say, this is not for the faint-hearted!

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