Phra Chan Market in north Rattanakosin Island is conveniently located near the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha. For decades, it has been sending out vibes to attract the most dedicated believers of Thai superstition, creating a strong local amulet economy. Phra Chan Market provides a curious insight into a different side of Thai Buddhism.
Buddhist amulets are the main attraction of the market and many will swear by them. Listen to hear whispers of “This one will help your business. That one will protect you from malevolent spirits. Those over there will bless you with a long life.” It is no wonder you can observe some people with several amulets hanging from their necks.
If you want to make your trip interesting, search out the most expensive amulets and ask vendors why they are priced that way. You might face a hard sell but the age and origin of some of these amulets will fascinate you. And if you walk around long enough, you might stumble upon an alleyway covered by a plexiglass awning. A person or two here might beckon you to come sit with them for a while to pierce the veil of the future. For a price, these fortune tellers in Phra Chan Market might help you “see” the road ahead.