Jui Tui Shrine, Phuket
As the oldest Chinese Taoist temple in Phuket town, the Jui Tui Shrine showcases traditional Chinese architectural elements and design. The shrine's exterior features intricate detailing reminiscent of Buddhist temples, vibrant wall banners adorned with ancient dragon motifs, and Chinese lanterns. The unique architecture of the shrine resembles a headless and tailless turtle, adding to its distinctive charm.
Stepping inside the Jui Tui Shrine, visitors are greeted by the fragrant scent of incense that fills the air. The interiors depict various Chinese gods, creating a spiritual and reverential atmosphere. Devotees and visitors come to offer prayers, seek blessings, and pay respects to the deities represented within the shrine.
The Jui Tui Shrine was originally constructed in 1911 with a thatched roof by the owner of the garden, who donated the land for the shrine. God Jee Jo, a medium, urged the villagers to build the shrine, leading to its establishment. In 1982, the shrine underwent further development with the participation of numerous vegetarian participants, enhancing its present strength and beauty.
The Jui Tui Temple hosts two significant annual events: the Sae Yid (God's Birthday) and the Vegetarian Festival, which is celebrated in the 9th lunar month. The shrine holds particular importance during the Vegetarian Festival, as it is considered the birthplace of this ritualistic event. The festival is dedicated to the Vegetarian God, Kiu Wong In, and spans nine days. It is observed by devout Buddhists who believe that participating in the festival brings good fortune and blessings.
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