Sunday, September 5, 2010

Turtles in Phuket

The ‘Por Tor’ or ‘Hungry Ghost’ Festival that we've previously reported on is back in Phuket. Phuket’s Chinese community believes that this present period is when ‘the Gates of Hell’ are open and that the souls of the dead roam the earth at this time of year. To appease these spirits the Chinese community burn incense sticks, make offerings of their favourite foods and burn paper motifs of money, houses and cars. 

A wonderful atmosphere and people at the night market - click for more
A highlight of the ceremony in Phuket Town on the 26th of August and on Ranong Road are a plethora of red turtle-shaped cakes (known as Ang Ku). The turtles signify longevity and merit the blessing of the ‘Por Tor King’ – God of the Devil.

photographs courtesy of timinphuket
Four of our guests were lucky to have been escorted by Tim to the festival and to witness this interesting spectacle – an event not to be missed if you're here next year.



  1. Absolutely - another must for visitors, a wonderful way to see another part of Phuket.