The Half Buried Buddha

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket is a popular attraction for both local residents who come to pray and tourists who visit to see a large Buddha statue which only shows its upper half as if it was emerging from the ground. There are several myths about the Buddha statue, been told in several styles, but all contains one main concept that no one could ever dig up this Buddha statue so people gave up, restored it as it is today, and named the statue Luang Po Phra Phut (“Buddha that emerges from the ground”).

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket

According to one story, a boy took his buffalo to graze in this area and had trouble finding somewhere to tie it up. He eventually found a strange looking stone in the ground covered in mud. The boy later went home, fell ill and then died. So did the buffalo. That night, the boy’s father had a dream telling him what had happened. He realized that his son had tied the rope to the head of a Golden Buddha. The next day he went there with some villagers who attempted to dig it up. But they were bitten by hornets. Later attempts also failed. The only people unaffected were those who sat and prayed. Years later, it was decided to encase the head within a Buddha image and build a temple around it.

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket


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