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Being a seasoned journalist specializes in the trade/hobby of Thai amulets collecting, Weerapong gets many opportunities in enabling him to access to many Guru Collectors at the northern provinces. I have asked him to provide me some antique collectible amulets from Northern Thailand that he thinks worth looking at the end of my first trip and when during my second trip back to Chiangmai, despite I had a very short span of time of only 1-1/2 days' stay at this lovely ancient city, he can still managed to fulfill my request by providing me some high quality images for the purpose of completing this section of the site. As you can observe, these amulets shown below are not entirely conventional ("classical") types of Buddhist images as favoured by many other Thai amulet lovers on other parts of Thailand, because what he has chosen to showcase here also indirectly reflects the taste & culture of how in appreciating "old things" by the northern Khun Thai. I hope I can gather more images from him and publish them in a separate section(s) later. Come to think of it, since the Thai Prime Minister Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra also comes from a Northern province (San Kampaeng (?), just wondering what Images is he "using". Well, if he uses a native northern image(s) I think it will certainly help to elevate Buddhist images at the north to new heights where such publicity may help them gaining popularity comparable to other classical images favour at the central & southern provinces (hopefully the energetic Thai PM knows politically how NOT to wear a "cross" in front of his neck even if he is one.. simply because I think it can be quite disastrous to the continuous development of this native oriental religion in this Buddhism-feverish Kingdom. Well, I do know this statement may upset some stomach somewhere and although I know everyone is entitled to individual religious belief but since Buddhism is almost synonymous with the Kingdom itself, and such unacceptable truth (simply from an average Buddhist Thai's perspective) can well be a straight political suicide for anyone; while on the other hand, as the current Thai PM has done a lot of good things for his country thus far afer the Asian financial crises, I do wish he can stay longer in enabling this ASEAM neighbor to progress stronger economically in order to improve the well being of all Thai public, so - sorry to be that frank, hehe ....).
NOTE:- Some of these very old Buddhist amulets are for sale - as Weerapong intends to get a new home for his family, I have suggested to him to sell some of these to raise money as downpayment (banks sometimes can be very realistic on age of borrowers.. He agreed and also listen to my advice - offers Money back guaranteed terms. If anyone of you wishes to have a good, old pieces for yourself and/or family members/ you can contact him via the phone numbers below.
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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 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.