14 Great Chinese Temples in Phuket

Phuket Shrines & Temples

Phuket has a large population of Chinese residents, who descended from immigrants from southern China a few centuries ago to work in the tin mining business. Their rich culture and traditions are evident in quaint Chinese temples and shrines around the island, as well as the annual Vegetarian Festival.

Their religion is predominantly a mixture of Buddhism, Chinese and Taoism. Red and yellow are considered lucky colours, while animals like dragons, lions and monkeys are important symbols. Phuket's Chinese shrines and temples are must-visits if you want to experience the local culture. 

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All Chinese Shrines in Phuket

Bang Neow Shrine

Bang Neow Shrine, founded in 1904, is a beautiful place of worship in Phuket Town. Also called the Theprasi Foundation Shrine, it was originally part of another shrine at Soi Romanee before permanently moving to Phuket Road. The shrine has an elegant interior design with many printings on the walls recounting stories from Chinese literature. Carvings Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 10pm
  • Location: Phuket Road, Baan Bang Neow, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Boon Kaw Kong Shrine

Most drivers honk their horns to show respect to Boon Kaw Kong Shrine,  located on top of Patong Hill. Founded in 1980, this small but well-respected Chinese shrine is decorated with paper lanterns and sculptures of dragons, monkeys and lions. When devotees' wishes are granted they usually come back to Boon Kaw Kong Shrine and give thanks by lighting firecrackers. Photography is not allowed inside the shrine. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
  • Location: Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
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Wat Choeng Thale

Wat Choeng Thale was founded in 1901 by Mr Ju Pai Tuk, a hairdresser who brought back 3 wooden images of Taoist deities from China to set up the shrine. It's usually quiet most of the year, only becoming lively during prominent events such as Chinese New Year, deity ceremony days, Phuket's Vegetarian Festival.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 8pm
  • Location: 2 Soi Cherngtalay 6, Cherntalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Hok Nguan Kung Shrine

Hok Nguan Kung Shrine has long been a religious centre of many local families since it was founded over 80 years ago. It's located on Phuket Road, at the Surin Clock Circle in Phuket Town. One of the shrine's most important ritual objects is the crafted image of Ju Su Kong. Made from sandalwood, his statue Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Phuket Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine

Chao Mae Kuan Im Phra Phothisat Shrine is a small vintage shrine on Bangkok Road in Phuket Town. It's devoted to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy in Taoist mythology. Locals believe that she grants fertility, so it's common to see sculptures of babies and little children by her side. The inner hall's ceiling is decorated Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm
  • Location: 5166 Soi Im Chit 1, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Jui Tui Shrine

Jui Tui Shrine is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The main building has 3 large altars displaying statues of Chinese gods.  

It’s the place where locals can come to celebrate special occasions (birthdays, weddings, newborn babies and healing) and share their sorrows and hard times. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8.30pm
  • Location: 283 Soi Phutorn, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 213 243
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Kathu Shrine

Kathu Shrine shares a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival –it's believed to be where the festival originated from. It's a rather small and peaceful temple, where you can see historical items such as wooden crafted Taoist deities and vintage implements used for body piercing during the Vegetarian Festival. The main altar displays a statue of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
  • Location: 4020 Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand
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Kio Thian Keng Saphan Hin Shrine

Kio Thian Keng Saphan Hin Shrine has artistic images of various deities on its altars and few life-size statues throughout its premise. Located at Saphanhin Park, it's the only Phuket shrine close to the seashore. Kio Thian Keng Saphan Hin Shrine is the departure spot to send all gods/deities back to heaven on the final night Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
  • Location: Soi Bang Yai, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Put Cho Shrine

Put Cho Shrine is one of the oldest Chinese Taoist temples on Phuket. It's built to honour Guan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Locals often come here to seek help when they have health issues. They shake a box full of bamboo sticks until 1 falls out. They use the number written on the stick to get a medication prescription from the temple. Many parents with Chinese heritage come to Put Cho Shrine to get names for their newborn babies, It's believed that children with a proper name will enjoy a good and long life. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 8pm
  • Location: 289 Soi Phutorn, Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine

Lim Hu Tai Su Shrine (Samkong Shrine) is a small shrine located 3.5 km north of the Phuket Town Central Market. It plays a major part in the Samkong villagers’ lives, especially when someone falls ill or needed some advice to improve their health.

Locals often bring traditional medicine from local shops and pray for the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
  • Location: 2 Yaowarat 1 Road, Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Kuan Tae Kun Shrine

Kuan Tae Kun Shrine (Sapam Shrine) is a compact little shrine in Sapam Village, located around 7 km north of Phuket Town. It serves the Chinese migrant community from Fujian, who settled in this part of the island over 200 years ago.

The temple is dedicated to Guan Yu, a general in the Eastern Han Dynasty Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: 250 Soi Ruam Chai, Ko Kaeo, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Shrine of the Serene Light

The Shrine of the Serene Light was established in the late 19th century by the descendants of the Tan Luan Jae family. It's modest in size, but clearly shows its Hokkien Chinese heritage with its terracotta-tiled roof and single-storey construction. Note that photography isn't allowed inside the main part of the temple. The Shrine of the Read More...

  • Location: 72/1 Yaowarat Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Sui Boon Tong Shrine

Sui Boon Tong  Shrine occupies a yellow shop-house in Phuket Town, around 850 metres southwest of Phuket Town Central Market. Also called Lorong Shrine, it was one of the most important shrines during the annual Vegetarian Festival.

During your visit, you might see locals rubbing the big belly of a Budai image sitting on the shrine's Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
  • Location: Pattana Soi 8, Talat Nuea, Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Tha Rua Shrine

Tha Rua Shrine is the 4th-oldest Taoist temple in Phuket. It's located close to the Heroines Monument on Thepkasattri Road. The temple is painted in bright gold, red and green, with many striking sculpted dragons and traditional Chinese paintings throughout. 

The centre of Tha Rua Shrine's front terrace has a huge brass container, which was brought Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
  • Location: 187/7 Soi Lak Mueang 1, Si Sunthon, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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