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China Town Plaza is a Patong shopping mall which opened in the summer of 2014. It is located close to the junction of Sainamyen Road and Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee road, close to the Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort and the Palmyra Hotel.

The Plaza runs in a west to east direction and consists of three rows of shops. The easterly side is close to Patong Hospital on Sai Khor road, and there is a giant statue of the Chinese God Guan Yu.

Opening Hours: 10.00 hrs to 22.00 hrs     Everyday!

Address (see map below):

91/22 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road,
Patong Beach,
Phuket 83150






These shops sell all manner of things.

They sell beachwear, of all descriptions, souvenirs of Thailand, footwear, towels, handbags, jeans, hats, sun glasses, T-shirts, children's clothes, beauty products, body scrubs, body oils, luggage, and much much more.

The shopping centre also has tattoo shops, a couple of restaurants, a couple of bars including a fruit juice one, tour agents and a general purpose small supermarket.

There are also a couple of Thai traditional massage and foot massage businesses - one of which even has a rather unique fish foot spa whilst seated in a Samlor tricycle of all things.

There are two public toilets and showers.



Chinatown Plaza Patong



The Chinese God, Guan Yu

One of the interesting concepts of the Chinatown Plaza is the
large statue of the Chinese God, Guan Yu



This is the largest statue of the Chinese God, Guan Yu, in Thailand.

Known to Thais as Jao Pho Suea, or the Tiger God or Tiger Guardian Spirit, Guan Yu was an ancient Chinese general in the 2nd and 3rd centuries that played a central role in the civil wars among the warring kingdoms of China, immortalized in the Chinese epic narrative, Three Kingdoms.

He was one of the five Tiger Generals in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Guan Yu was deified as early as the Sui dynasty and is still worshipped by many Chinese people today, especially in southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and among many overseas Chinese communities. He is a figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants. He is often reverently called Guan Gong (Lord Guan) and Guan Di (Emperor Guan). His hometown Yuncheng has also named its airport after him.




While Guan Yu is sometimes called tha God of War, his loyalty, integrity and sense of justice for the common man earned him the title of God of Righteousness, while his financial acumen inspires merchants and traders to worship him as the God of Commerce and Wealth.

For ethnic Chinese in Thailand, Guan Yu has been their protector as they went about their daily lives for generations. Guan Yu courtesy name Yunchang, was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the dynasty and the establishment of the state of Shu Han founded by Liu Bei in the Three Kingdoms period. He is one of the best known Chinese historical figures throughout East Asia.

Guan's true life stories are intertwined with fictionalised ones, most of which are found in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms or passed down the generations, in which his deeds and moral qualities have been lionised.
Guan is respected as an epitome of loyalty and righteousness.



Paintings depicting some of the Chinese Gods

Close to the statue of Guan Yu are some large canvas paintings of a few of the Chinese Gods



Door Gods


Door Gods Chinatown Plaza Patong


The door gods are worshipped by the Chinese as spiritual guardians of the entrance. Door gods are supposed to keep evil spirits from entering. The door gods usually face each other in pairs; it is considered bad luck to place the figures back-to-back. The custom originated during the Tang Dynasty (618- 907 AD) when the Emperor honoured two loyal generals by having their portrait painted on the door, due to their bravery in fighting intruders and evil spirits.
They usually come in pairs - one on each door. The painted door gods picture will face the visitor when entering. Whoever the door gods may be, (in this case Qin Qiong and Yuchi Jingde), the common denominator of all front gate door gods is their trustworthiness, strength and loyalty, bolstered by a fierce martial countenance and impressive weaponry.


The God of Wealth - Cai Shen


God of Wealth Chinatown Plaza Patong


The 5th Day of the Chinese New Year is Po'wu, meaning "breaking on the fifth". The prohibitions of the new year, are finished on this day. It's the day to welcome the God of Wealth. Jiaozi (dumplings) are often eaten on this day because they look like ancient Chinese gold ingots. Most people go back to work on this day, and the re-opening of businesses is often accompanied with firecrackers. The lion dance will parade around the streets to the sound of drums and firecrackers. Shops will invite them to have a lion dance to bring prosperity to the business in the coming year, and reward the lion with a lai see.


The three Gods - Fu, Lu, Shou


Fu Lu Shou Gods Chinatown Plaza Patong


Fu, Lu, and Shou is the concept of Happiness (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou). This concept of the Chinese traditional religion is thought to date back to the Ming Dynasty, when the Fu Star, Lu Star and Shou Star were considered to be personified deities of these attributes respectively. The term is commonly used in Chinese culture to denote the three attributes of a good life.


There is a large painting of the " Eight Immortals "


The Eight Immortals Chinatown Plaza Patong


In Chinese mythology the Eight Immortals are a group of legendary "xian" (spiritually and/or physically immortal; transcendent; super-human; celestial beings.) They are believed to know the secrets of nature. They represent separately male, female, the old, the young, the rich, the noble, the poor, and the humble Chinese. Each Immortal's power can be transferred to a tool of power, kind of a talisman associated with a certain meaning, that can give life or destroy evil. The Eight were called the "Roaming Immortals" in Taoist legends. Not only are they revered by Taoists, but by all Chinese society. They are the base for various literature, folk tales and are pictured in art. Symbols are representing the characteristic attributes of each Immortal and they were depicted on a wide variety of porcelain, bronze, ivory, and embroidered objects.

The Eight Immortals are:-


He Xian Gu
The Immortal Woman
He Xian Gus immortality is due to a consistent diet of powdered mother-of-pearl and moonbeams. While swallowing it, she vowed to remain a virgin. According to a different version, He Xian Gu, daughter of a 7th-century shopkeeper, ate a magic peach and became immortal. Since then she is flying about. She is attributed by the lotus / lotus pond, which can cultivate people through meditation.

Cao Gou Jiu
The Royal Uncle Cao
Cao Gou Jiu is reputed to have been the brother of a 10th century Song Empress, the uncle to the Emperor of the Song Dynasty and the son of a military commander. His attribute, the castanets, are thought to be derived from the pass that gave him free access to the palace, a benefit of his rank. He is also attributed with a jade tablet, which can purify the air. He is represented by wearing formal court dress, always the finest dress among all Eight Immortals, and carrying castanets. Cao Gou Jiu is the patron deity of actors.

Li Tie Guai
The Iron-Crutch Li
Because of his great skill at magic, Li Tie Guai, was able to free his soul from his body and aid and meet others in the celestial realm. Li Tie Guai, a good looking man used his skill frequently. Once, while his spirit was gone from his body, a disciple decided that Li Tie Guai was dead and burned his body as was traditional. When Li Tie Guais soul returned from its travels, he was forced to enter the body of a beggar. He is represented as a lame beggar carrying a double gourd. The gourd, symbolising longevity and the ability to ward off evil, has a cloud emanating from it. The cloud represents the soul, depicted as a formless shape. The gourd represents also helping the needy and relieve the distressed. Sometimes Li Tie Guai is pictured riding the qilin. Li Tie Guai is the emblem of the sick.

Lan Cai
The Immortal Hermaphrodite
Lan Cai is said to have wandered the streets as a beggar while singing a song about the brevity of mortal life. Her/his attribute is a basket of flowers associated with longevity, which she/he carries to remind viewers of the transience of life and with which she/he can communicate with gods. She/he is variously portrayed as a youth, an aged man, or a girl; in modern pictures generally as a young boy. She/he is represented by wearing a tattered blue gown and only one shoe. Lan Cai is the patron deity of florists.




L Dongbin
The Chief leader
L Dongbin was an 8th-century scholar, who learned the secrets of Taoism from Zhuang Lin Quan. Dressed as a scholar, he is honoured as such. His attribute, the sword, which can subdue the evil, allowed him to travel the earth slaying dragons and fighting evil. He is represented with a sword on his back and a fly brush in his hand. L Dongbin is also the patron deity of barbers.

Han Xiang Zi
The Philosopher Han Xiang
Han Xiang Zi is said to have been the nephew of Han Y, a famous scholar of the 9th century. Among his special skills was the ability to make flowers bloom instantaneously and smooth wild animals. His attribute is the flute, which can cause growth. He is represented as a Happy Man. Han Xiang Zi is the patron saint of musicians.

Zhang Guo Lao
The Elder Zhang Guo
Zhang Guo Lao is reputed to have been a recluse of the 7th or 8th century. He travelled with a white mule that could go incredible distances and then be folded up and placed in a wallet. Zhang Guo Lao had only to sprinkle water to the mule to reconstitute it for further use. Zhang Guo Lao's attribute is a drum made of a bamboo tube with two rods with which to strike it. The drum can cure life. He is represented as an old man riding the mule, at times riding backwards. Zhang Guo Lao is the emblem of old men.

Zhongli Quan
Zhongli Quan was reputed to have lived during the Zhou dynasty (1122-256 BC). Among his many powers were transmutation and the knowledge of the elixir of life. His attribute is a fan, which can bring the dead back to life. He is represented as a Fat Man with his bare belly showing. Zhongli Quan represents the military man.

Chinatown Plaza Patong



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