Antique stores: ‘Antiques’ is the word given to modern day craftwork as a representation of ancient values, idols or symbols. Thailand with its rich ancient history and heritage, is one of the most sought after cultural homes of various antique items, available in various antique stores all over the country
To ensure such antiques are original and genuine, such antique stores are governed by strict government rules and regulations, and some may also provide useful information and support. All of the items available at Thai antique stores are exquisitely designed and crafted by the most skilled local craftsmen and manufacturers, and have intricate detailing and modern day reproductions. They are suitable to be used for decorative purposes at homes and also for healing and spiritual purposes, especially in the case of Buddha charms.
Buddha charms: Individuals who are intrigued and interested in the ideals of Buddhism, often desire to add Buddhist tokens or aspects to their life, and the most common way of instilling such ideals is by modifying the jewellery or accessories one wears. Some of the most commonly used forms of Buddhist jewellery available in the antique stores are Buddha charms, pendants, amulets and necklaces.
The primary Buddhist teachings include the idea that materialism or external items do not bring one permanent happiness. However, in the case of Buddha charms available in antique stores, the basic principle states that if one purchases religious or items of Dharma, with the desire to strengthen one’s Buddhist ideals, then such skilled form of materialism becomes a reminiscent of the individual’s practice in Buddhism. Such Buddha charms available in antique stores, can remind one to practice and preach positive values in their daily lives, like kindness, patience, tolerance and compassion. With prolonged time, such dedicated practice of Dharma or religion, helps a person attain spiritual awaking and true freedom and happiness. However, care should be taken that these Buddha charms don’t turn out to be symbol of pride, boast or merely an identification material for an individual following Buddhism, as such misuse may lead to the development of negative ideals like ego and pride. The true function of these Buddha charms is to reduce our self-desire, induce kindness and compassion, instil patience and tolerance, and spread awareness of the use of Buddhist principle in one’s daily life.
Some of the unique and popular Buddha charms available in Thai antique stores include small Buddha statues to be used as pendants, Buddha amulets, talismans, lockets manufactured using various materials like holy stone carvings, brass, bronze, glass casings, amulets in oil and many more. Most of these Buddha charms from antique stores are worn as amulets and lockets, and are meant to induce good health, richness, prosperity, love, compassion and even spiritual protection. Some Buddha charms are also meant for prayer, luck and love.
Most of these antique stores selling Buddha charms follow government protocols and hence are genuine. They also function as a network with other antique stores. Such unique Buddha charms, amulets and talismans, are crafted and traded from various places like Thailand and other parts of South East Asia. These magical Buddha charms instilling luck, love, richness and happiness, are collected from various spiritual leaders and Thai monks. To increase their clientele, these antique stores also provide online shopping and trading facilities, refund and return benefits.
Various Antique stores in Thailand, craft, trade and sell numerous and exquisite Buddha charms , amulets and other antiques, which are meant to induce positive Buddhist values in life. These shops sell various unique items, and also provide customer friendly facilities.