Wat Mongkol Nimit or Wat Putta Mongkon means a lot to people living around Phuket Town. Wat Mongkol Nimit is really close to Thalang Road, the historical streets of Phuket Town.
It is very large and very easy to find: it’s that temple roof everyone can see and often photographs at the and of Soi Romanee just across Dibuk Road.
The temple grounds are very large and link in most temple very peaceful despite being in the centre of town, and this is probably the only place where monks live in one of those beautiful Sino-Portuguese houses everybody is lo fascinated with. Take the time to walk around the garden, each tree holds a simple but meaningful Buddhist principle written both in Thai and English. Once you reach the back of the temple you will find a nice tall chedi most people miss.
The temple is also a school for monks, young and old and you might get a chance to witness the first days of a monk life, just as I did the day teachers were demonstrating the proper way to wear the orange robe.
Thai ceremonies are often held in this temple, including funerals, which are not as sad events as they appear in occidental countries. Funerals are gathering of relatives and friends sharing a dinner together.