Phuket’s Amulet Market: A Shopping Opportunity Like No Other

Things to Do — By Diana Bocco on February 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

photo by mimolag via flickr

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might never find the Amulet Market in Old Phuket Town. Hidden in a small alley off Rassada Road, the market is an informal selling place for hundreds of Buddhist

amulets, from smaller, cheap reproductions to high-quality antiques. A basic metal or ceramic amulet sells for just a few dollars, while a sophisticated antique can set you back thousands.

The market is a mix of small shops and street stalls. The indoor sellers don’t necessarily have the better ware, so check every nook and corner

when looking for treasures. The market is small enough that you can explore the whole thing in an hour or so.

If you don’t know much about antiques, however, don’t rely on the seller to tell you how valuable something is. Either do your research in advance or stick to the cheaper amulets. A popular type of amulet is the Jatukam Ramatep (which features the faces of two mythical princes), available in a

variety of materials and prices. Amulets depicting Luang Por Tuat and Luang Por Chem, two well-respected monks, are also bestsellers.

The whole market has a very low-key feel. Buyers are expected to bargain and most of the sellers are knowledgeable and will be happy to answers
questions and help you choose the perfect amulet.

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