Commonly known as Lorong Shrine, Sui Boon Tong was founded only about three decades ago by a group of ‘entranced horses’ or mediums. Comparing to other shrines on island, Lorong is quite simple.
It’s basically a yellow shop-house that is visible from the roadside. Despite its appearance, it is counted among the most important shrines during the annual Vegetarian Festival.
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Highlights and Features
Good use is made of the space on both floors of the building with many altars and religious objects. One item that stands out is a beautiful wooden jioa; a wheel-less vehicle using for carrying and parading its main deity around during important ceremonies. And don’t be surprised to see some locals rubbing the big belly of a Budai image.
Devotees believe that by doing so, it will bring them wealth and prosperity. It’s easy to spot him in gold/yellow colour sitting on the terrace with a kind and smiling face and of course a huge belly. Budai is a popular Chinese deity around East Asia and because of his appearance, he sometimes is called the laughing Buddha.
Sui Boon Tong Shrine
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Soi Lorong (Soi 4), Pattana Road, Phuket Town