Jui Tui Shrine is a traditional Chinese temple. One of the island’s oldest and the most respected spiritual centres, it’s a must-see for newcomers to Phuket.
The Taoist shrine, founded in 1911, was previously located in Soi Romanee in Phuket Old Town. After a fire, it was moved to Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market. The temple grounds are quite impressive, displaying photos of the temple when it was just a single, standalone construction without side buildings or walls.
Jui Tui Shrine is also popular for those who want to know about their fortune. At the prayer hall, hold and shake a bamboo cup containing fortune sticks. Each stick has a designated number. Stop when 1 stick has dropped to the ground (repeat if more than 1 stick falls out).
You can then fetch a fortune paper that matches the number, which is available at a nearby red cabinet. Note that the papers are written in Thai and Chinese, but you should be able to find a monk who can help tell you your fortune.
Jui Tui Temple is the place where locals can come to celebrate special occasions (birthdays, weddings, newborn babies and healing) and share their sorrows and hard times.