Thailand: Amulet Market in Bangkok
Here’s one of the more unusual markets I have seen – amulet market in the heart of Bangkok. Rows and rows of trinkets (amulets, charms, talismans, and other stuff) that you are supposed to wear on your neck. Supposedly, the bring luck, protection, love, etc etc – and Thailand is crazed over amulets, being the world’s biggest producer and consumer. At the market, severely bored salespeople fiddle with their phones while odd-looking customers sift through antique-looking amulets with magnifying monocles stuck in their eyes. Most of these retail for just a couple bucks but supposedly there are gems to be found worth thousands of dollars. Many carry Buddha imagery and are supposedly blessed.