Chinese Shrines

Phuket, Thailand

During the 1800's the tin mining on Phuket was so rich that it drew in many migrants seeking job opportunities and wealth. Due to the large number of Chinese migrants living in Thalang it was agreed in 1901 that they should have a holy place to pray and as such the first of many Chinese shrines was erected.

With over 18 shrines located all over the island these beautiful temples are hard to miss. With their popular yellow and red colours and images of animals such as dragons, lions and monkeys strategically placed on and around the structure, these holy temples play a pivotal role in both Chinese and Thai culture.

Drawing in large crowds for most Chinese holidays, most notably Chinese New Years, the shrines honour the ancient traditions of the sacred holiday by setting off firecrackers and decorating with red banners and symbols. Many Chinese tourist and expats come to make their yearly prayers for wealth, happiness and prosperity.

The Chinese Shrines also play a key role in the Vegetarian festival, a tradition introduced into Thai culture by a travelling Chinese Opera group and growing in popularity throughout the years. The festival starts on the eve of the ninth lunar moon and goes on for 9 days, during which attendees dress all in white and feast on various vegetarian dishes while praying to the Nine Emperor Gods.

sam ong hoo shrine cherng talay

Sam Ong Hoo Shrine

Sam Ong Hoo Shrine is one of the oldest Chinese shrines in Phuket and is located in Cherngtalay, Tha

Tha Rua Shrine

Tha Rua Shrine

Tha Rua Shrine, Tha Rua Shrine is located on the Thepkrasattri Road in Thalang, Phuket. As you make

Bang Liao Shrine

Bang Liao Shrine

A nice beautiful shrine in Phuket Town as well as important during the vegetarian Festival held in O

Kathu Shrine

Kathu Shrine

Kathu Shrine, Aam Kathu: The Kathu Shrine is located in Kathu Village, about two kilometers from the

Put Jaw shrine

Put Jaw Shrine + Jui Tui

Put Jaw Shrine and Jui Tui Shrine. Jui Tui Shrine and the Put Jaw Chinese Temple on the intersection

Kiew Tien Keng Shrine

Kiew Tien Keng Shrine

Kiew Tien Keng Shrine or Saphan Hin Shrine in Saphan Hin Park, Phuket Town. Sapan Hin is a park clos

Sam Se Ju Hud Shrine

Sam Se Ju Hud Shrine

Sam Se Ju Hud Shrine or Sam Sae Su Hud Shrine in Phuket, Thailand. Sam Se Ju Hud Shrine, a Chinese s

jor soo gong naka shrine

Jor Soo Gong Naka Shrine

Jor Soo Gong Naka Shrine or Choor Su Gong Naka Shrine is one of 18 Chinese shrines found here in Phu


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