Kuan Te Kun - Sapum Shrine in Phuket

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Kuan Te Kun - Sapum Shrine
Kuan Te Kun - Sapum Shrine

200 Years ago, Chinese immigrated from Hok Kien province, China to Phuket by a junk. They passed Singapore, Penang until they reached Phuket Island. Some of Chinese lived at Sapum and Bang Ku because the landscape around here was plenty of fertile natural resources. Firstly, people called “Lek Tum” for this area but later the name was changed to be “Baan Sapum”. Most Chinese worked for mine and fishery. They respected Master God to be their spirit on working. The legend told that the master was made from wood and Chinese brought it from China (Kuan Ou). The wooden master was situated in the heart of village for everyone to respect. At present, the wooden master was rotted by time and there was a new one instead of the old one.

Later, people would like to build a shrine to install “Kuan Ou”. Therefore, Khun Tong Seng Sae-Lim (Phupha) was firstly a leader for this idea. The shrine was built with thatch roof in a small size.

In 1937, the shrine was restored by changing thatch roof to be corrugated iron roof with concrete pole. Villagers and the committee set up a charity organization by using some area in this shrine to work. Because this shrine was a community, then people gathered to do many activities which motivated them to love each other and be harmonious.

Then, the shrine was necessary to expropriate a land back to the government office for expanding road construction. The shrine gained money back from the expropriation for 347,092 baht. They had to build a new shrine on the old location but moved backwards more 20 meters. The shrine committee and Sapum villagers consulted to organize some activities to gain more money. Until a new shrine finished, there were other compositions built such as stoves for burning paper, Ko Teng pole, wall, and floor cement. Also, the shrine received some donated money from Mr. Arkom Akasinthawangkul and Mr. Amnuay Somrak to additionally build the kitchen area. The construction took over 2 years until it finished in 1998 with total expenses of 11 million baht and celebrated an opening ceremony on 10th April, 1998.

The architecture is similar to general shrine but differs at huge size, spacious and elaborate interior decoration. Kuan Yu installs at the centre of a shrine on a seat. On his left hand holds a book “Sun Siw” (Season Treatise), his right hand holds halberd with ferocious red face, long mustache and big body size.

Ceremony / traditions

The annual ceremony is Sae Yid, the sixtieth anniversary of age. Furthermore, there is the Vegetarian ceremony coordinating with other shrines.


Besides, the Sapum villagers have some respect and faith to this shrine, they will worship and vow to Te Kun god. When they success their wishes, they will usually bring some offerings to the shrine.

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