Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket

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Jui Tui Shrine
Jui Tui Shrine

Jui Tui Shrine is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Located on Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market, it’s a must-see site for all newcomers to Phuket as one of the oldest and the most respected spiritual centres around.

Jui Tui Temple was previously located in Soi Romanee in Phuket Old Town and was moved to its current location after a fire many years ago. The grounds are quite impressive and display photos of the temple dating back to 1911 when it was just a single, stand-alone construction without side buildings or walls.

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Jui Tui Shrine Highlights

Jui Tui Shrine main building itself has been through a number of renovations, resulting in an attractive exterior and interior with three large altars featuring statues of Chinese gods. Its principal deity is Tean Hu Huan Soy, the god associated with performing artists and dancers.

His image is set in the middle and at the highest position on the main altar, accompanied by a statue of a dog and a chicken to each side. They are said to have been his favourite pets since childhood. Photography is allowed inside the hall.

Performing artist at Jui Tui Shrine
Performing artist at Jui Tui Shrine

What not to Miss in Jui Tui Shrine

On the left-hand side of Jui Tui Shrine main building (when facing the street) stands an attractive ‘firecracker house’ that was completed in 2011. It’s a tiny red building with a double-tiered roof and four slim columns that have dragons around them and it’s where burning firecrackers are thrown into, thus reducing noise and air pollution.

For visitors who have never experienced fortune sticks or who want to know what the future will bring them, here is a chance to learn more. Shake the bamboo cup holding the fortune sticks. Stop when one stick has dropped to the ground (repeat if more than one stick falls out.) Each stick has a designated number and you should fetch the matching fortune paper available at the nearby red cabinet. It’s free of charge. The papers are written in Thai and Chinese only.

Vegetarian Festival at Jui Tui Shrine
Vegetarian Festival at Jui Tui Shrine

Good to Know about Jui Tui Shrine

Why is the Jui Tui Temple so important for many islanders? Basically, it’s the place where they can come to celebrate (birthdays, weddings, newborn babies and healing, you name it!) as well as to share their sorrows and hard times in life. Tean Hu Huan Soy is very much counted as a senior family member by locals, especially those who live in neighbouring communities and has a special place in their hearts. It’s common for Phuket students who are going away to pursue a higher education to visit the shrine and invite the deity to go along with them to their new location.

Also, there is a small area inside Jui Tui Shrine devoted to those who participated with its works and activities over the years. After they pass away, their names are posted here and their family can come and pay respect to them. Some have family members listed for up to three generations and that says a lot about the strong connections between this old temple and the local community.