The history of the continent of Asia spans across centuries replete with kingdoms, dynasties and emperors. In this progression of time and history, this continent, home to large and diverse communities, found solace in praying to a higher power, a divine power if you will, to guide their path in life and protect them from evil. These beliefs have led to the development of numerous rituals and practices that can be witnessed even in modern times in countries such as the Republic of China and India while some of these rituals can carry on for days on end. Therefore, the belief in the existence of multiple deities is an unsurprising one in the Asian continent.
Hok Nguan Kung Shrine in Phuket, Thailand, is a temple which pays tribute to one such deity; in this case, a deity known by the name of Ju Su Kong. The shrine that was founded over eighty years ago has a back story that began over eight hundred years in the past. Folklore suggests that this deity by the name of Ju Su Kong was born eight centuries ago, followed the teachings and adopted the precepts of Buddhism and was ordained as a priest. His great commitment to social and community service where he took a great interest in the betterment of the transport network, lead to him being considered a deity upon his death.
When visiting the Hok Nguan Kung Shrine in Phuket, one of the most noteworthy features is the Shrine of Ju Su Kong carved out of sandalwood. It is a striking statue that makes quite a first impression. The shrine is complete with a pictorial telling of the story of 'The Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars' which speaks of a concept of respect, well known to this part of the world.
The Hok Nguan Kung Shrine is an ideal tourist destination for those residing at a nearby Phuket resort and one such option that can be recommended is Anantara Phuket Resort Thailand. For those who desire a short reprieve from relaxing by the beach at their Phuket beach resort, sightseeing in this island is diverse and intriguing.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.
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