Phuket Jui Tui Shrine is a Taoist shrine founded in 1911. Today it is located in Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road near Phuket’s main market after a major fire at the previous location in Soi Romanee in Phuket Old Town.
The red-washed temple is the pivotal location especially in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival as it is one of the oldest and most revered spiritual centres on the island.
Upon entering, visitors will find an attractive main structure housing three large altars holding statues of Chinese Gods. The principal deity is the Taoist God, Tian Hu Huan Soy, associated with performing artists and dancers and also considered as the patron god for Chinese operas. Accompanied by a statue of a dog and a chicken by his sides. It is said they have been his favourite pets since childhood. Photography is allowed inside the hall.
Tian Hu Huan Soy is considered as a family member by the locals as they would visit on all special occasions including birthdays, healings, welcoming new babies into the family, weddings, students would ask for good luck and protection when they leave the island to pursue higher education or work elsewhere or even to ask for strength and resolution during hard times.
Inside the shrine, there’s a small area specifically devoted to those who volunteered in temple works and activities over the years where their names are posted here once they’ve passed away. Many times, one can see up to three generations posted here.
Phuket Jui Tui Shrine
283 Soi Phuthorn
Open: daily 8am-8:30pm
Tel: 076 213 243