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Attractions of Phuket, Thailand Town is total of history, total of interest. I nonetheless proceed stumbling upon novel places... I wishing at that topographic point was to a greater extent than fourth dimension to explore together with less fourth dimension inwards the office! I idea I knew the onetime town pretty well, simply together with hence dorsum inwards 2009 I read close this shrine on the "Attractions of Phuket, Thailand Town Treasure Map" (a peachy map for exploring onetime town, it's made yesteryear a companionship called Serendipity Designs which has an purpose on Soi Romanee). Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 shrine that I did non know about? It seems I must ask maintain walked yesteryear the entrance many times, simply inwards 2009 the entrance to the shrine was an alleyway close 4 feet broad marked yesteryear a pillar with Chinese writing (see photograph here.) Felt similar I was making a existent discovery! The shrine itself was a chip crumbly together with I was the entirely visitor. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 brace of years ago, renovation started on the shrine, together with the entrance has been widened together with beautified. The renovation took ages together with it entirely reopened officially inwards Feb 2013. So, this is an updated, re written weblog post service close the Shrine of the Serene Light with novel 2013 photos!

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(above) Entrance to the shrine on Phang Nga road

The shrine, also called Sang Tham Shrine, is built with the houses inwards the onetime town. It was built inwards 1889 yesteryear a local Hokkien Chinese family. The slow 19th century was a smash fourth dimension for Attractions of Phuket, Thailand, with coin pouring inwards from the tin mining industry. Chinese families became real of import hither around that time. The onetime town is total of Chinese influence - banking concern fit the shops, the shrines, the people. If y'all encounter the Google map at the bottom of the page, y'all tin encounter the shrine is truly inwards the optic of a block or houses together with shops, hidden away. There's truly a "secret" passage at the dorsum of the shrine that leads through the kitchen of a eatery on the adjacent street (Thalang Road). I've walked through a brace of time. Down the alleyway from Phang Nga route is the top dog entrance to the shrine...

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Certainly looks a lot ameliorate than it used to. And on the twenty-four hours I visited concluding calendar month at that topographic point were a few other visitors including a Chinese-Thai human being from Bangkok Thailand paying his respects. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 reminder to everyone close beingness respectful ...

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Externally, the shrine is real brilliant together with colourful specially instantly that it's been fixed upwardly together with repainted. Inside the shrine, things are different. Everything is kept tidy yesteryear a live-in caretaker, simply within at that topographic point has been no rebuilding or repainting.

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The walls are covered inwards murals showing onetime stories - the walls await old. Were they originally this colour, or is that due to over 120 years of smoke from burning incense? I am happy to encounter that nobody has tried to restore these onetime walls. The local people hither ask maintain a salubrious honour for tradition together with history. If y'all walk into the shrine, with the incense that e'er burns, there's a huge array of statues of Chinese gods.

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The photograph below I took from behind a row of statues looking dorsum out the entrance of the shrine ...

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It's quite a magical house together with good worth looking for. I e'er urge people to larn accept a walk around town, view a shrine, perchance the Attractions of Phuket, Thailand-history-museum">Thai Hua museum or the Attractions of Phuket, Thailand-history-museum">Chinpracha House, larn some luncheon at Attractions of Phuket, Thailand-history-museum">Kopitiam or receive some Attractions of Phuket, Thailand-history-museum">Roti with curry. And halt yesteryear the Attractions of Phuket, Thailand-history-museum">old Chinese herb shop on Thalang Road, bring together the locals for a slow afternoon walk at Attractions of Phuket, Thailand-history-museum">Sapan Hin park..... Attractions of Phuket, Thailand Town is where it's at!

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