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Paying Homage to THE TIGER SHRINE
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Paying Homage to THE TIGER SHRINE
Paying Homage to THE TIGER SHRINE

Paying Homage to THE TIGER SHRINEIf you drive from Kathu to Patong on the left-hand side of the ridge of the hill you will see the Chinese shrine Pun Tuao Kong, or as many people call it Saan Joa Pho Zuang (the Tiger Shrine). Drivers usually honk their horns at this treacherous turn, not to warn other drivers, but to pay homage to the shrine in the hope of getting good luck in return.

The shrine's signatures include the Ying-Yang sign and the white tiger and dragon sculptures guarding the entrance. Inside lies a holy house, an altar and many statues honouring Chinese deities as well as paintings depicting Thai proverbs stretched across the walls. The shrine is surrounded by forest and is very peaceful.

The history of the Patong-Kathu route started with Phuket's first Governor Phaya Vichitsongkram, who appointed soldiers to carry food and rice by elephants from Patong Beach through the mountains to people in Kathu, who were suffering from a blockade to Phuket Town by nefarious Mafia types.

Paying Homage to THE TIGER SHRINEPeople in Patong then started using the road for trade with Kathu and Phuket Town, but would usually encamp on the ridge of the hill before going down to Kathu, so they built a small holy house for worship. As Phuket grew, visitors and residents needed a better road to travel more comfortably but because of the tricky terrain, vehicles still got in accidents, especially at night, or if the roads were wet. So, in an attempt to bring better luck and fewer accidents, commuters started praying to the small holy shrine and started renovating it to make more presentable to pilgrims who would stop by with offerings.