His clothes old and frayed, Kob Ladkrabang, a Thai amulet enthusiast, looks for a new acquisition at a Bangkok amulet market to add to his collection of 10,000. “I like amulets,” he says. Photo: Tibor Krausz

World’s biggest amulet market: why Thais wear so many good luck charms, and why some cost so much

  • US$1.25 billion worth of Buddhist charms are sold every year in Thailand – not surprising when seven in 10 Thais wear amulets. Some have thousands
  • The most prized ones were made by venerated monks, but many are mass-produced, and unscrupulous temples pass off fakes as valuable charms to Chinese tourists
Topic |   Religion

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His clothes old and frayed, Kob Ladkrabang, a Thai amulet enthusiast, looks for a new acquisition at a Bangkok amulet market to add to his collection of 10,000. “I like amulets,” he says. Photo: Tibor Krausz
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