In Phuket, there are more shrines than temples. These shrines are sacred places for Chinese-Thais. During the Vegetarian Festival devotees refrain from eating all kinds of meat and dairy products and become vegetarian. A highlight of the festival is to visit Phuket’s main shrines to pray for help in the coming year. Each god has its own particular strength and power and praying to the right god and asking for the right things will ensure success.
Phuket’s Old Town district features many historical Sino-colonial buildings built during the island’s prosperous period of tin mining. The buildings are typically around 100 years old and some have been renovated, modified and returned to their original condition. Phuket E Magazine takes you to one such example – China Inn Café & Garden Restaurant.