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Temple Tours in Koh Phangan

A vacation hub for beach fanatics Koh Phangan also lays claim to a rich cultural heritage. Littered with sacred temples and shrines the top temple highlights in the holiday capital are as follows.

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Wat Phu Khao Noi

Wat Phu Khao Noi

As the most ancient religious edifice in the entire island Thongsala's Wat Phu Khao Noi is no ordinary temple in Koh Phangan. Located a top a mountain the venue offer visitors and pilgrims breathtaking views across the region including areas beyond the island. Littered with a host of ancient structures and Chedis the temple is open to visitors at all hours of the day although those who wish to interact with the head priest or other monks residing at the temple are advised to visit the location during the evening hours.

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Wat Thong Sala

Wat Thong Sala

Famed as Koh Phangan's most visited temple this scenically situated shrine is a popular haunt for local devotees and Buddhists in the area. Hosting a number of significant religious festivals and ceremonies throughout the year the locale can only be reached via Songthaew. Abuzz with activity and grand celebrations on Buddhist holidays visitors can also sample Thai cuisine and shop for local trinkets and souvenirs and handicrafts at the stalls that prop up during such events.

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Kuan Yin Shrine

Kuan Yin Shrine

As a revered Chinese temple in Koh Phangan the Kuan Yin Shrine holds a special place in the religious identity of the island. Ideally located in Chaloklum Village with a panoramic vantage point. Open to visitors from 8am to 5pm this newly constructed edifice was completed in 1992 by a pious Buddhist devotee named Mrs. Malawan. Hosting three annual festivals in honor of the Chinese Buddha the venue has become a favorite haunt for local pilgrims hoping to improve their good fortune. Festival periods at Kuan Yin Temple fall on the months of January, May and finally in August. Large groups of devotees are seen visiting the temple during this period in search of blessings.

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Wat Maduea Wan

Wat Maduea Wan

Occupying the breathtaking confines of Moo 3 the Wat Maduea Wan temple is home to a replica of Lord Buddha's holy footprint. Enshrined within a Mondop located at the summit of a hill this sacred relic makes this ideally located temple one of the most visited religious institutions in the island. Visitors staying in strategically situated Koh Phangan resorts such as the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa will have easy access to the temple and other attractions in the island.

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Wat Nai

Wat Nai

Occupying the leafy confines of Thong Nai this quaint little temple complex is another highlight on a temple tour of Koh Phangan. Small in scale but charming in its tranquil setting the venue is home to a small pagoda that is located at the heart of a coconut plantation.

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Wat Kow Tahm

Wat Kow Tahm

A well known Buddhist meditation hub Wat Kow Tahm is a famed religious institution of the Theravada tradition. Run by a handful of monks the chanting of sutras and meditation sessions are conducted daily at the locale where visitors can also take part in meditation retreat programs.