Bangkok, the major tourist magnet is the primary city and capital of Thailand. This cosmopolitan and dazzling city is a gem in Asia as it possesses a pure cultural heritage and act as a shopping paradise to tourists. This busy, yet glowing metropolis is rich with incredible temples, various types of hotels, astounding palaces, glamorous shopping malls, a prominent nightlife and miscellaneous markets. Such one is the traditional Amulet Market.
The Amulet Market which is situated along Thanon Maharat next to Wat Mahanat, provides the vendors the opportunity to sell amulets. Observing the average Thai people will make it evident that most of them are superstitious as they are either wearing or carrying one amulet at least. Even though there is a large number of an amulet market throughout Thailand, especially surrounding Buddhist temples, the leading one in Thailand is this.
This Amulet market opened nearly 20 years ago contains about 20 outlets. In Thailand, Buddhism is the primary religion. So in order to provide Buddha’s followers a constant reminder of the Buddha’s teachings and values, amulets were made as a first in temples. Amulets which are blessed by highly regarded Buddhist monks are still well sold. These are believed to bring true love, cold cash, good luck and relief from complicated personal issues.
A variety of materials are used for making amulets, such as gypsum, various metals, clay and sometimes Silver and Gold as well and they come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to the prices, there isn’t a standard; it depends on the buyer and seller’s negotiation. After considering the amulet’s age and the reputation of the monk who made it, the certain negotiation can be made. Recently popular amulets in Thailand are Jatukam Ramatep amulets which represent two legendary princes.
The older the amulet, the higher the price, and the prices usually range from about 200 Baht to almost 100,000 baht. Customers from all walks of life and every corner of the world arrive in here. Some amulets created with the inclusion of pulverized substances: a monk’s hairs, dirt from a special temple or distinct herbs are also available.
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