Sapam Shrine is a compact little shrine located right on the roadside on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area. It is the result of the strong faith of the Chinese migrant community from Fujian, China who settled in this part of the island for more than 200 years.
At first they were coolies in tin mines but later on became fishermen and farmers as well as starting their own small businesses selling all kind of things. No matter what line of work they did, one thing they had in common was they all believed that Taoist gods would help them to start new lives and protect them from negative influences in their adopted country.
Sapam Shrine devoted to Guan Yu, once a general in the Eastern Han Dynasty. His name is mentioned many times in the famous Chinese historical novel ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’. He is known as a symbol of righteousness and loyalty.
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Highlights and Features
Sapam Shrine went under a huge renovation in 1997 when they were asked to move back 20m for the widening of Thepkasattri Road. As a result, a holy bamboo pole (aka koteng pole), a kitchen and canteen have been added and all are for the benefit of the annual vegetarian festival.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: on Thepkasattri Road in the Sapam Village area, not far from the Shell Gas Station and Wat Sapam Temple.