Hok Nguan Kung Shrine at the Surin Clock Circle, near the Metropole Hotel has long been a religious centre of many Phuket families since it was founded more than 80 years ago.
The most important ritual object here is the crafted image of Ju Su Kong (hence locals refer to this shrine as Ju Su Kong Shrine.). His statue is made from sandalwood and is black from head to toe, so it’s not difficult to recognize him.
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Highlights and Features
Ju Su Kong is a deity who was born some 800 years ago in a small Chinese village. Unlike other sheep farmers, he took an interest in Buddhism and became a monk at a very young age. Over the years he gained many followers mainly because of his involvement in public works such as building roads and bridges. Later on he was titled Supreme Patriarch by an emperor of the Song Dynasty. Common folks including villagers and travelers who were touched by his kindness praised him as a deity when he passed away.
Another note of interest are the printings inside the shrine telling story of ‘The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars’, a famous Chinese folk tale by Guo Jujing, a writer who lived during the Yuan Dynasty. Filial respect is a traditional concept shared among many countries in Asia but not as popular in other part of the world.
Hok Nguan Kung Shrine
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: at the Surin Clock Circle on Phuket Road, opposite the Metropole Hotel, Phuket Town