Phuket has long played a significant role in Thai history, from early times, through the tin mining boom, to the present. Throughout the centuries, Phuket has played host to many different nationalities, many of whom continue to be represented in the diverse population and culture of the island.
Foreign influences may come and go, but Phuket's temples represent a touchstone, both religiously and culturally. Locals frequent them to maintain ties with their past as each of the island's temples has a story to tell about Phuket's history. For visitors to the island, to learn more about Buddhism and Taoism by visiting these places of worship is a positive, uplifting experience.