Phuket Chinese Temples
Chinese shrines in Phuket offer always an excellent opportunity for some good photo. There are quite a few around, and each of them has its own characters and unique features. The large ones are very popular during Chinese New Year in February, or the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in October, and can get extremely crowded, not to mention very loud from firecrackers.
1. Jui Tui Shrine
Best known and most popular during the festival period is probably Jui Tui Shrine, right in the middle of Phuket Town, and right next to it you’ll find Put Jaw Shrine, more modest but even more revered for being the oldest Chinese shrine in Phuket. It’s bright, colourful and very decorated if you have the chance to visit around festival times.
Not too far from these is another beautiful temple called ‘Shrine of Serene Light‘. It used to be a very special place only known from a few, the ones that spent enough time exploring. One entrance was a narrow anonymous gate near the well known ‘On On hotel’, opposite of the amulet market and knowing this entrance was a little pride we enjoyed sharing like a personal secret. But there was better: another hidden entry even more interesting: behind the kitchen of a small friendly restaurant called ‘Wilai‘, located next to the China Inn on Thalang Road.
‘This secret path is still there, but the secret of the shrine of Serene Light has been exposed: The narrow front entrance has recently been wiped out, remodelled and is now a big and colourful Chinese gate with massive pillars all wrapped with golden dragons… hard to miss! Read more
More Shrines in Phuket Town
3. Sam Kong Shrine (Lim Hu Tai Su)
Sam Kong Shrine, also known as Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine is between Chillva Night Market centre and ‘Bangkok Hospital Phuket’ on the outskirt of Phuket town.
4. Bang Niao Shrine
5. Saphan Hin Shrine
Kio Thian Keng Saphan Hin Shrine, in Phuket town, is a small and modest shrine but it plays a significant role during the Vegetarian Festival and several lesser-known Chinese events in Phuket.
6. Hok Nguan Kung Shrine
7. Sui Boon Tong Shrine
8. Tha Rua Shrine
Of course ,there are many more shrines in Phuket town, not to mention all around the island. Tha Rua Shrine was once a popular tiny temple on the way to the airport, just before reaching Heroins Monument. Few years ago it was taken down and a huge building was erected at the location. It is really a large construction and it took a long time to build. Still today, it doesn’t look quite finished and it also seem to be less popular than the original discreet one.
Another temple on the way to Monkey Hill is dedicated to tigers with tiger statues and carving everywhere in and around this small unimpressive building. It’ not a great place, but you get to see the monkeys when going up there.