One of Phuket's largest and most elaborate Chinese temples, the Tha Rua Shrine is also one of the most colourful, adorned with numerous brightly painted statues of dragons and deities.
The Tha Rua shrine is one of the oldest Taoist foundations on Phuket, although the site has been greatly expanded and the present building dates from 2002.
Located in the Thalang district, north of Phuket Town, the Tha Rua Shrine is an easy excursion for those visiting the island on a yacht charter. It's certainly an unmissable and arresting sight, with its bright gold, red and green colour scheme and its outsized statues of mythical creatures and Taoist divinities.
Visitors are greeted at the entrance by a pair of multicoloured Chinese dragons, while inside devotees burn incense and offer prayers in front of statues of Quan Yin, the goddess of mercy, and altars covered in statuettes of various gods.
Tha Rua Shrine is an arresting sight, with its bright gold, red and green colour scheme and its outsized statues.
The Tha Rua Shrine is a popular and busy temple and visitors are welcome to explore the complex throughout the day. To avoid the crowds, it's best to visit in the early morning.
It's a great place to take photographs, too. Statues, traditional Chinese paintings and carvings fill the interior and cover the facade, while outside stands a giant statue of Guan Yu, a revered Chinese general from the second century AD who was deified after his death.
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Tha Rua Shrine
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