What Are the Top 5 Thai Amulets?

The top 5 Thai amulets you can purchase are all Somdej Amulets from a long time ago. Most of the top Thai amulets are not for sale, but if you bid high enough, you may be able to purchase one for millions of U.S. Dollars.

What are the top 5 Thai amulet styles is the question we answer below.

Exploring Thailand’s Top 5 Thai Amulet Styles

Thailand’s rich cultural tapestry is intricately woven with threads of spirituality and reverence. At the heart of this vibrant landscape lies a fascinating world of amulets, imbued with potent symbolism and believed to be conduits of blessings, protection, and fortune.

Within this vast and diverse universe, a select few amulets have transcended time and circumstance, capturing the hearts and minds of Thais for generations. These are the “top 5,” each a testament to the enduring power of faith and the captivating allure of the unseen.

Phra Somdej Toh – The King of Thailand’s Amulets

Reigning supreme amongst all Thai amulets is the Phra Somdej, affectionately known as the “King of Amulets.” (see image at top of page for one of the many Somdej Toh style amulets)

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This iconic image, typically depicting Buddha seated serenely in meditation with various items around the Buddha, embodies an aura of potent protection and all-encompassing good fortune. Its origins trace back to the Ayutthaya Kingdom, where it was first created by Somdej Phra Phuttacharya, a revered monk and patriarch of Wat Rakhang.

Imbued with blessings during grand ceremonies, the Phra Somdej quickly gained popularity, transcending social strata to become a treasured possession across the kingdom.

Legends abound about its miraculous powers. Stories whisper of soldiers shielded from harm in battle, merchants experiencing sudden windfalls, and individuals miraculously escaping calamity.

Devotees revere it as a shield against misfortune, a beacon of prosperity, and a catalyst for overall well-being. Its immense popularity has led to countless variations, each boasting unique features and histories, yet all united under the protective mantle of the “King.”

Phra Pidta – The Eye-Covering Buddhist Monk of Inner Focus and Jhana Realms

Our rarest and most lovely Phra Pidta amulet in intricately carved black jade stone from Southern Thailand.
One of our very rare black jade Phra Pidta amulets from Wat Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Southern Thailand.

Unlike its counterparts adorned with intricate details, the Phra Pidta stands out for its serene simplicity. Depicting a monk with eyes gently closed in deep meditation, it embodies the power of inner focus and unwavering resolve.

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This amulet transcends the realm of physical protection, delving into the depths of the spiritual realm. It is revered for its ability to shield against negative energies, promote mental clarity, and grant protection from spiritual and physical harm.

The hands over the closed eyes of the Phra Pidta symbolize inward vision, a turning away from distractions and a focus on the true self within. Or, the absence of self – if you can understand this from a more Buddhist perspective.

Devotees believe it grants wisdom, enhances intuition, and safeguards against mental manipulation. Its silent strength resonates with those seeking inner peace, clarity of thought, and protection from unseen forces that may cloud judgment.

The Phra Pidta amulets are a favorite of the common man in Thailand.

Phra Luang Pu Tuad – Thailand’s Most Respected Buddhist Monk

A solid silver Luang Pu Thuat amulet from Thailand.
A solid silver Luang Pu Thuat amulet from Thailand.

Luang Pu Tuad, an immensely revered figure in Thai Buddhism, gained widespread popularity for his supposed miracles, spiritual prowess, and the creation of amulets believed to possess extraordinary protective powers. Born in the Ayutthaya period, his life is shrouded in legend and revered tales.

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He entered monkhood at a young age and dedicated his life to Buddhist teachings and meditation. His reputation for exceptional wisdom, kindness, and miraculous abilities spread far and wide. His amulets, believed to hold protective qualities and bring good fortune, became highly sought after.

Luang Pu Tuad’s perceived supernatural abilities and miraculous stories contributed significantly to his reverence. Tales tell of his ability to walk on water, turn saltwater into fresh, and even tame wild animals, showcasing his extraordinary powers.

He passed away peacefully in the year 2125 of the Buddhist calendar, leaving behind a legacy that continues to captivate Thai people. His life and teachings exemplify compassion, spiritual enlightenment, and the potential for miraculous abilities attained through deep meditation and devotion to Buddhist principles.

The enduring popularity of Luang Pu Tuad’s amulets stems from the belief in his exceptional spiritual abilities and the protective qualities attributed to items blessed or created by him. These amulets are treasured by many, believed to bring luck, protection, and blessings to those who possess them, contributing to his enduring reverence in Thai culture.

Jatukam Ramathep – Southern Thailand’s Most Popular Amulet Style

A silver, maroon, and black Jatukam Ramathep amulet from Wat Mahathat in Southern Thailand.
A silver Jatukam Ramathep styled amulet on black and maroon background.

Jatukam and Ramathep are characters from Buddhist mythology, revered for their bravery, compassion, and wisdom. They’re considered legendary princes whose stories are often told to illustrate moral teachings and virtues.

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Jatukam was a prince known for his valor and strength. He was depicted as a courageous warrior, skilled in combat, and possessing immense bravery.

Ramathep, on the other hand, was known for his kindness, compassion, and wisdom. He symbolized virtues like empathy, intelligence, and benevolence.

Their stories often highlight the balance between strength and compassion, showing that true greatness lies in a combination of both qualities. They’re revered figures in Thai folklore, and their names are associated with protection and positive qualities, which is why amulets bearing their names gained such widespread popularity for their perceived protective powers.

Jatukam Ramathep is quite a fascinating part of Thai culture. These amulets are incredibly popular in Southern Thailand, known for their powerful protective qualities. They’re named after two princes from the Buddhist mythology—Jatukam and Ramathep—who were renowned for their bravery and compassion.

These amulets gained massive popularity in the mid-2000s (2004-2008), especially the ones made in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The belief in their ability to bring luck, protection, and prosperity made them highly sought after.

People believe that wearing or possessing a Jatukam Ramathep amulet brings good fortune and wards off negative energy. People especially buy Jatukam Ramathep amulets to protect them from crimes, and personal attacks from other people.

What’s interesting is the intricate designs and craftsmanship behind these amulets. They often depict Buddhist symbols, deities, mythical creatures, or scenes from Buddhist stories. The process of creating them involves various rituals, prayers, and blessings by monks, which adds to their perceived power.

The craze for these amulets led to a massive market, with collectors and enthusiasts seeking out rare or special editions, sometimes fetching incredibly high prices.

However, as their popularity grew, so did concerns about counterfeit amulets flooding the market. This led to measures to regulate their production and authenticity to protect buyers from fakes.

Unfortunately, many other temples began making their own Jatukam amulets without permission from Wat Mahathat monks in Nakhon si Thammarat and this led to a fall in prices of amulets made as copies or from other monks. Still, adored monks like Aj. Jumnien of Krabi’s Wat Tham Seua made respected amulets because people loved him as a monk.

The appeal of Jatukam Ramathep amulets lies not just in their purported powers but also in the cultural and historical significance they hold in Thai society, especially in Southern Thailand. People from all walks of life, from businessmen to students, seek these amulets for protection and good luck.

Khun Paen – The Enchanted Warrior

Khun Paen was a police sergeant in Nakhon Si Thammarat many years ago. He is not a Buddhist monk, but some people in the south, especially in his district and across most of southern Thailand and some of Thailand’s entirety, treat him almost with the same respect.

Khun Paen is a legendary figure in Thai folklore, celebrated for his bravery, intelligence, and martial skills. His full name was Khun Paen, and he was born in the Nakhon Si Thammarat province in Southern Thailand. His real-life identity is debated among historians and scholars, with no definitive proof of his existence.

He’s renowned for his prowess in combat, strategy, and his romantic escapades. Legend has it that Khun Paen was a skilled warrior, revered for his military achievements and knowledge of magical arts. He was known to have crafted powerful protective talismans and amulets, similar to the Jatukam Ramathep amulets we discussed earlier, believed to bring luck and protection to the wearer.

His fame also stems from his love life. Khun Paen’s romantic relationships and his ability to charm women are a significant part of his legend. He’s often depicted as a charismatic and romantic figure.

While he was not a Buddhist monk, Khun Paen is associated with Buddhist teachings and principles. His tales often incorporate elements of Buddhist morality and virtues, despite his adventurous and at times controversial exploits.

His story has become an integral part of Thai folklore, inspiring literature, art, and even amulet-making traditions. The tales of Khun Paen continue to captivate people, symbolizing courage, charisma, and the power of love and protection in Thai culture.

His amulets almost always feature Khun Paen’s likeness, that of the legendary warrior-lover. His amulets pulsate with energy distinctly different from the Phra Somdej, Phra LPT, and other Buddhist monks. While the latter offers stoic protection and universal blessings, the Phra Khun Paen exudes a magnetic charisma, captivating hearts and fostering powerful connections. Its appeal lies in its association with love, attraction, and success in interpersonal relationships.

Tales of Phra Khun Paen’s prowess in charming women and navigating complex social situations have been immortalized in Thai folklore. He is seen as the ultimate Casanova, wielding his wit and charm like enchanted weapons. Owning his amulet is believed to imbue the wearer with a similar magnetism, boosting confidence, enhancing attractiveness, and attracting romantic prospects or strengthening existing bonds.

Many Muay Thai Boxers buy and wear Khun Paen amulets for their powers over the other sex, but also because he is usually seen holding a massive sword as if in combat. Here is a copper Khun Paen amulet like the silver one linked in the heading above. These are always in VERY high demand. We are sold out today. If you want us to look for one for you the next time we go to Wat Mahathat in Nakhon, do let us know.