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Religious Thai Amulets are immensely popular among many Thai locals or even the Chinese that residing in South East Asia - probably most followers never have the chance to worship the religion and hopefully with the little image that we wear on the body can provide some form of relief. As I mentioned in the site, probably it takes a Thai to create such a high quality website features specifically on these lovely collective pendants. As I can never be claimed knowledgeable in this strong thai traditions but since I am a web developer in nature, I create this solely for personal consumption and hope to provide a linkage among all passionate collectors. Some of the opinion presented within the site was entirely personal and I do not wish to influence any decision prior to any potential purchases or disposal. So, this forum is intended to provide a channel for all to make use of it to present your own individual views. Enjoy.

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1981. From : Malcolm Lee (spiky_malcolm@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:43 PM Wednesday 21 July, 2004

Hi YC, regarding the amulet wrapping service, is he the guy at Pearl Point?


1982. From : YC (maildown@nomail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:41 PM Monday 19 July, 2004

Hi, group. adding to the excelent idea from the earlier post, can we also list down some good "casings: makers locally ? (other than the few at Pudu palza ??) any suggestions ?? I know one guy stays in Old Kalng road, but I have to find this address and tel no. b4 I can post. I like this place...


1983. From : rocky (rocknroll_melaka@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:53 AM Sunday 18 July, 2004

A surprise find site of my day, especially it is at our home soil. Looking at the date, I assume it is a new site. I have a question: does anyone has a compilation of local Thai temples in Malaysia ? probably not, so, is that a good way to use this forum to compile information orderly on this topic ?? Just post where you can find one near your home state and hope the creator can pick them up and create a database.


1984. From : Y. K. T (yappie_tiger2003@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:40 AM Saturday 17 July, 2004

Yeap. They are absolutely beautiful. Wondering how much does the gold LP. N. might cost. Went to PP Island for a short holiday, a few temples are there on the island with lovely beaches and friendly Thai (as usual - for tourists ...). Hey where are the users ?? This is a nice site with a friendly board to use and it should be encouraged to use it freely for discussion. leo, I will help but too many junk mails and I am sure you will understand why (I have mailed you last week). Bye for now but will come back to the board.


1985. From : Tim (larry_tim2001@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:42 PM Thursday 15 July, 2004

Hello. The Soomdej pages are gettting better and better especially with the new inclusions truly an eye-opener for me. I notice the 2nd row, 4th piece (page 4) was wrongly linked to another enalrged view of a different image, perhaps the creator can amend that. Lastly, the "Mr. Lars" piece was very interesting, from the enlarged section, the material used is very nice (wondering how much does it costs), further, the solid gold LP Negrn 2515 is something that is new to me (but very very nice..).


1986. From : ah Chai (nomailyet@nomail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:33 AM Wednesday 14 July, 2004

Yah.. everyone kena once or two times.. me too. learnt a lot these two years but no all traders are like that "snakey".. no email account yet. But this place is a nice work. Congratulations.


1987. From : Nelson Chan (captivebuddhist@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:51 PM Saturday 10 July, 2004

Hello, Suzanne, I am not sure what is your budget, as good, high quality images can be very expensive. Many temples in Thailand usually have a shop or two attached within the premises in selling amulets to visitors but since you are a foreigner, it may be *quite difficult to deal with them and/or for bargain. I will see if some of my contacts in Bangkok can mail you to help (hopefully this Message Board helps to get a few extra recommendations for you as well). Next, relating to Terence's posting, 100K bahts for a TOP quality & RAREST old image may not be regarded as pricey by many Thai (esp the businessmen (only if they are in such state); if not, the dealer may just swear to you that piece was once wore by Thaksin during his younger days or etc.... well, if your friend bought the story line from the dealer, let him be. IF the piece is one of those genuine top 1% of the rarest pieces and in turns delivers what he wishes for, so good luck to him. Overall, it can be very difficult to put up any comment on such an "trading" episode.


1988. From : C Lee (amuletcollector@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:15 PM Thursday 08 July, 2004

In the amulet market there are so many types of amulets, so it's impossible for 1 single person to know how to verify all types of amulets. Hence, that is why some collectors "specialise" their knowledge or collections to certain types of amulets. I also fully agree that it's very difficult to find someone truthful enough to tell you honestly if the piece you are wearing is real or fake. Some people can accept that facts but many also cannot accept the fact. So silence is sometimes golden :)depending on the person.

People parting their hard-earned money for something that only costs a few ringgit happens very often not only in Malaysia but in Thailand also. But one thing for sure is that no matter how much money you pay for a so called "powerful" amulet, the power from the amulet will always come from deep within yourself - not from the amount you pay for the amulet. With metta, C Lee.


1989. From : Terence Y.L.P. (notthisone@noSPAMmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:23 PM Thursday 08 July, 2004

I fully agreed with the gentleman's quote " ..all amulet shops are business people..". but sometimes, this extends to other areas too: a friend of mine paid RM1,800-00 for an amulet at a roadside temple, only found out after verification later by an oldman shop owner at Pudu Plaza that it worths only RM50-00 (and he has two dozens to sell there at his shop). I have seen the piece that he bought, black with a lot of lines streching across go outward from the center, with a little diamond at the chest of the Buddha. Well, in another instance, a reasonably seasoned colector friend of mine shown me a Khun Paen that bought from a reputable local dealer in Singapore and claimed to be 1000 years old - goohs... that was 500 years BEFORE Khun Paen was born and he paid S$4,500-00 for it, so ? This is not a localized problems and how many of those shops in Malaysia, Singapore or even Thailand aren't doing businesses for $$ ? Each time, I have to zip my mouth because they have already paid for it and you cannot tell them the things they bought are not "good". But come to think of it, how many people are around, good enough to verfify or grade them piece by piece truthfully ? Take the instance of your experience with "Uncle Lim" probably he (or the someone that help you to vefify) may have their respective limit of knowledge as well. Overall, an advice for the new collector "a phra is a Phra", you don't have to think if they possess "super power" or not - because as Mr leofoo pointed out coorectly "they defies the basic spirit of WHY having an amulet..". Lastly don't look for heavily decorative pieces unless it comes from a reputatble temple. Peace.


1990. From : C Lee (amuletcollector@hotmail.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:52 AM Wednesday 07 July, 2004

Reading through the past messages and sections, the "Uncle Lim" section caught my attention, and I noticed some "marketing" has already been done on his behalf. I believe some issues have to be addressed in order for people not be misled in the future, especially new collectors. I will try to be as impartial and fair in my review. If one intends to get newly made amulets from Uncle Lim, he has many pieces from many famous temples and are affordable and cheap. But, if you intend to get old amulets from Uncle Lim, you better make sure you know how to verify the amulets yourself because I have also seen two Chao Khun Nor pieces that are of dubious origins in his special collection. From what I understand in my dealings with him, Uncle Lim's knowledge is largely limited to LP Pae's amulets. Also don't get caught up by sales talk and pressure to buy, after all, amulet traders are business people. I believe this messageboard was set up with the very good intention of sharing knowledge amongst enthusiasts. Like every collector, I too was once a "newbie" and have had my fair share of frustrations and joy in this hobby. Hence, kudos to the webmaster and all contributors for building up this website.


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Maintainers for Thai Religious Amulets/Pendants Message Board:

Mr. Stan SL Thong, Malaysia (StanSLThong@yahoo.com); KH TAN, Malaysia (tankoonhee@hotmail.com); Raymond Goh, Malaysia (rockraymond168@yahoo.com), Malcolm Lee, Singapore (spiky_malcolm@yahoo.com); kok-huat yeap, USA (yeappie@hotmail.com), Y.K.T., Malaysia (preferred private); Morgan Bonsse (lars@buddha.eu); Purt, Thailand (support@thailandamulets.com); Chng Hoon Hoon, Singapore (hoon2304@hotmail.com); Richard Wong, Singapore (teleadv@yahoo.com.sg)

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