Temples

The majority of Phuket's local population is Buddhist, many people practicing Daoism, usually in conjunction with Buddhism, due to the large number of Chinese immigrants who came to work in Phuket's tin mines during the 19th Century. The remainder of the population, making up about 35 percent, are Muslim, and they tend to populate specific locations throughout the Island.
With this in mind, there are many Buddhist Wats (where the monks and nuns live) and smaller Shrines, Chinese Shrines, Muslim Mosques and also Hindu and Sikh temples and Christian churches across Phuket. Although Phuket is now home to many different nationalities, and it is subjected to considerable foreign influences, the Island's temples allow local inhabitants and visitors to remain in touch with religious and cultural backgrounds. Whatever your religious belief, a visit to any of Phuket's Temples can be an uplifting experience.

ELEPHANT SHRINE AT PROMTHEP CAPE (HINDU SHRINE):
Located a few minutes from Sapphire Villa, at Promthep Cape, the southern–most point of Phuket, is a Hindu Shrine to the deity Brahma. This shrine containing thousands of elephants of various sizes, which are presented when requesting a wish or as a thanksgiving for one that has been granted. Visitors are welcome to offer incense to the elephants or approach the "God", but if entering the circle of the shine, shoes must be removed as a sign or respect. "Phrom" is Thai for the Hindu term, "Brahma," signifying purity, and "Thep" means "God",hence Promthep Cape received its name.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHEN VISITING A TEMPLE IN PHUKET: