My mentor, Mr. Wichian® Phacheratmurni, a Thai National, aged 78 this year (2004). When he was 17 years old, he turned himself to religious service as a monk in WAT Pahkat, Songkra, Southern Thailand. under the late Master Achan Gong. It was during his devoted services that he has picked up the hobby of collecting amulets. At 43, he finally decided to give up his duty and resorted to normal lifestyle. He married at the age of 48 and all his three children live in Malaysia right now but he remains alone living in Hadyai, Thailand when his wife passed away 10 years ago. During his leisure time, He travel extensively around the Kingdom to pursue further in techniques of chanting and collecting amulets, it has become a life time passion.
Mr. Wichian Phacheratmurni®
+66-(0) 74-427248 (Thailand)
First of all, I don't think my Thai friend knows what is hack "Internet" is all about, next, he wasn't why I am doing something like a web site for him. The last 20 years of relationship between us only laid on a foundation of trustworthiness and so during a recent trip to Malaysia when I ask if he has some "Sam-Po" (Thai Amulets) here at his daughter's house in Kuala Lumpur, he came round to my office and left me with a few hundreds of them and he told me there are probably another few thousands at his residence in Thailand. I selected a few and took some shots with a digital camera and when he returned the next day, he was totally fascinated with the clarity of image via the LCD monitor. So, I explained WHY wouldn't he consider let me create a website for him and showcase some of his collection ? Probably he can make a few new friends along the way. He obliged and that was how it began. Although we have known each other for 20+ years, but between us, we still have difficulty in communications. I don't speak Thai and he doesn't understand English either, so we use a mix of dialects of Bahasa Malaysia, Hokkien, simple Thai etc. to intellect all these years. The WHOLE issue I am trying to convey is, even if he has pronounced to me repeatedly with each words in Thai relating to their origin, I couldn't get them right. SO, this site will never be attempted to be a first class website on related topics becoz as the creator, I an illiterate to both amulets and their history and YOU MUST BEAR to LIVE WITH ITS SHORTFALL.
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Whatever it is, since I am quite free after completing a few head-spinning websites on SLR cameras, so, I thought this renewed topic can be quite fun to start-off. However, since the old man is also retired and I thought he is quite good in his specialties, so, why don't I use the web to expend his circles of contact, make sense huh ? I sincerely think he is a HONEST guy and so, if any of you wish to acquire a good amulets without the hassle of going round to Temples or retail shops, WHY DON'T you give him a call ? IF you think some of these displayed units are worthy collection (in fact, ALL virtually all my personal pieces were given by him), do consult with him and SEE IF HE CAN SOURCE ONE FOR YOU - the ONLY PROBLEM IS - he doesn't use the Internet right now, so you HAVE TO CALL HIS HAND / HOUSE PHONE INSTEAD but please bear in mind, he doesn't have any extraordinary stocks of ultra-rare images in his possession, instead, he can only help you with his own experience to provide you real, genuine, high quality Thai amulets in specific to your personal needs (DON'T waste your time, there is NO amulets to help you win lotteries either),
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Credit: To all the good people who have contributed their own experience, resources or those who are kind enough in granting us the permission to use their images that appeared on this site. Mr. Wichian Phetratanamunee® (+6-012-2612207 (Malaysia);+66(0)74-421248 Thailand), my master and mentor all these years. My friend, Mr. Ho Fook Sang® from Ipoh, Perak (+06-0125388633, +605-5415433) who has been helping me all this long with wonderful source of information on Thai Buddha Imageries; my partner, Mr. Paul Lim, who shares the same passion together with me. Uncle Lim®, from TONG SOON Trading, Pudu Plaza (+06-012-9128391) who has given me some guidance relating to the background of some of the Thai amulets and lastly, Miss MaeV who helped me edit and patching some mistakes found on some of the pages in this site. Mr. Alan Tan "Arohka®" who contributes some of his excellent articles fro this site, Mr. Weerapong Srivichai®, (+6609999974) from Chiangmai News Co. Ltd. who has inspired me with so many new findings on Thai Amulets; Mr. "Ben", Col. Samay, Mdm Wannee, Mr. Adisak® & many others (such as Stan Thong (StanSLThong@yahoo.com), Raymond Goh(email@example.com), Tony EH (firstname.lastname@example.org)etc... who share so much passion towards construction of this website and not to mention all the time and effort spent by volunteered Co-Maintainers of the Message Board. Note: Certain content and images appeared on this site were taken by using a Canon PowerShot Pro-1, G2 and Sony digital cameras. Some materials appeared on this site were scanned from some leaflets, brochures or publications published in Thai and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their work for educational purposes. The creator of the site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such dispute except rectifying them after verification. Site made with an Apple IMac.