Erawan Shrine, Bangkok

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    Hindu Shrine to Phra Phrom (Brahma)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    Indo Chinese Countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos maybe theravada Buddhist countries but there is a syncretism with hinduism as the former religion of these countries in the dark ages up to the start of the middle ages were hinduism due to the infuence of the Angkorian empire and here in Bangkok, one of the popular Hindu Shrines sits at the Middle of the Ratchprasong Intersection of the Luxe Pathumwan Shopping District, the Erawan Shrine (also known as the Four Face Buddha). The shrine is located by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and was built in 1956 as part of the government-owned Erawan Hotel to eliminate the bad karma believed caused by laying the foundations on the wrong date. The Erawan Shrine houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma. It often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered (see my videos) and is popular for gawking tourists like us.

    Opens: 24/7 and entrance is free.

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  • Sincere praying does not mean having to pay more

    by xucclf Written Aug 26, 2012

    The Erawan shrine is just next to the Chitlom BTS station. Lots of people, tourists and locals alike, come here to pray to the famous four-faced buddha. You can get the items for prayer outside the shrine, but why pay the extra prices for tourists when you can get it cheaper?

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    The Erawan Shrine

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    The Erawan Shrine sits at a busy intersection near the Grand Hyat Erawan Hotel. You can get here by taking the sky train to Chit Lom Station. As you approach the shrine you will see lots of stalls selling garlands. In the centre of the shrine is a four faced statue of Brahma. People come here to ask for his help. If the help is given, they return and give thanks by paying the temple dancers to dance in his honour.

    The shrine was originally built when the Erawan Hotel was being built. The construction of the hotel was facing lots of problems; an astrologer stated this was due to construction starting on a non-auspicious day, so the shrine was built to cancel out the bad luck.

    In 2006 a mentally ill man attacked the Brahma statue with a hammer; he was killed by outraged bystanders.

    It is interesting to sit at the shrine and watch peoplelay offerings and pray. It is also interesting to watch the temple dancers perform. You can see similar dances at the city pillar shrine.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by schurman23 Written Sep 30, 2011

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    We chanced upon this shrine while were on our way to Platinum Mall upon disembarking at Chitlom station. It is amazing to see a shrine in the midst of chaos around the business area. The center of attraction here is a statue of a Hindu god with four faces and six arms. Added attraction here are the traditional dancers hired to dance for worshipers.

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    by volopolo Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    Erawan Shrine

    The Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine and located on the corner from Rama and Rama Ratchadamri road, outside Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. It is a popular tourist attraction


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    Name: Erawan Shrine
    Attraction Type: Shrine
    Close to: ZEN, Central World Plaza, Gaysorn Plaza
    City: Bangkok
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    Good luck abound

    by aberacadabra Written Apr 18, 2011
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    Nestled in the shopping district of Bangkok, right by Gaysorn Plaza is the ever famous Phra Prohm shrine. Bustling with local and a multinational devotee-ship, this is a good place to experience Thai traditional dancing (to give thanks to the Brahma god) and experience a facet of Thai religion in action.

    Incense, flowers and candles are available from a pavilion in the grounds of the shrine.

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    The Erawan Shrine

    by winnietankl Written Dec 4, 2010

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    The Erawan Shrine is a Hindu Shrine in Bangkok and it is also knows as Four Faced Brahma. It is located by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, at the Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road in Pathum Wan district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is near the Bangkok Skytrain's Chitlom Station, which has an elevated walkway overlooking the shrine. The area has many shopping malls nearby, including Gaysorn, CentralWorld and Amarin Plaza. It is also very popular and so crowded with the dancers and worshippers. The opening time is from 8am till 7pm.

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    to see classical dance

    by veroeddy Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    A place not to be miss if one wants to take pictures of classical dancers. This spirit house next to the Hyatt hotel is crowded all day round with worshippers. On the neighbouring sidewalk one can find the typical prayer kit for 100 bath (07/2006). Candle, flower garland, incense stick and a small gold leaf. The rail surrounding the image of Brahma disapears under the flowers, the air is unbreathable by smoke. Those who's wishes have been granted come back here to pay a dance for the statue. Members of a classical dance school are on the spot. Price depend of the number of dancers. Good opportunity to observe and take pictures at day light.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 25, 2009

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    This small shrine is located by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, at the Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road in Pathum Wan district, Bangkok. It is near the Bangkok Skytrain's Chitlom Station, which has an elevated walkway overlooking the shrine. It was built in 1956 as part of the government-owned Erawan Hotel to eliminate the bad karma believed to be caused by laying the foundations on the wrong date. The hotel's construction was delayed by a series of mishaps, including cost overruns, injuries to labourers, and the loss of a shipload of Italian marble intended for the building. An astrologer advised building the shrine to counter the negative influences. Ever since then, it has become a popular place for locals to worship and for foreign tourists to watch the locals.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by limledi Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    Erawan Shrine is located in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, this highly revered shrine was erected in 1956. Dedicated to the Hindu God, this shrine teems all day long with devotees asking for luck & other favors.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by chiabh Updated Aug 28, 2008
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    The Erawan Shrine must be Bangkok’s smallest shrine as it sits on a handkerchief-sized patch of land surrounded by mini-mountains of flowers which have to be removed every 10 mins to make way for new bouquets... The shrine contains the statue known as Phra Phrom, the Thai version of the Hindu God Brahma, one of Hinduism’s Holy Trinity... Brahma is the Creator of Life, Vishnu the Preserver of Life and Siva the Destroyer of Life... While Thais call it Phra Phrom, foreigners refer to Erawan Shrine as the home of the Four-Faced Buddha or Four-Faced Brahma...

    The Erawan Brahma is considered the most powerful in granting wishes and has a huge following among the Chinese in South East Asia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan... The prayers are usually for improved health... There are the usual petitions for instant wealth for which the Brahma did not grant wishes... So no prayers for winnings in casinos and lotteries... Prayers are usually in the form of performing dances at the shrine...

    The statue was designed and completed by the Department of Fine Arts and enshrined on Nov 9, 1956... In the morning of March 21, 2006, the statute was destroyed by a mentally deranged man... The Thais take this as a warning that something bad is going to happen to the nation and 7 months later, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra suffered a coup d’etat... A new statue was designed, moulded and installed on an auspicious date: May 21, 2006 at precisely 11.39am, the time when the sun was shining directly over the shrine... Another statue, cast from the same mould, is kept in the National Museum...

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    ERAWAN SHRINE

    by ancient_traveler Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    ERAWAN SHRINE Phra Phrom, this shrine teems all day long with devotees from here and abroad, some asking for luck and other favours. A magnificent image of the Brahma God was especially cast and gilded, and The Erawan Hotel opened to acclaims and worldwide fame for three dacades. Towards the end, the property could not compete with more modern facilities, and was replaced by the privately owned Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in 1991.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by cs_zee Updated Mar 13, 2008
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    Erawan Shrine is at the intersection of Ploenchit and Ratchaprarop. Built to appease the spirits after a series of construction accidents occurred when the nearby Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel was being built, it's a small but photogenic and perennially packed shrine dedicated to Brahma (Phra Phrom) and named after his elephant, teak models of which are a popular donation. During the day you can see traditional Thai dancing.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by aukahkay Written Feb 6, 2008
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    The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 as part of the government-owned Erawan Hotel to correct bad omens believed to be caused by laying the foundations on the wrong date. Construction of the hotel was delayed by a series of mishaps, including cost overruns, injured laborers and the loss of a shipload of Italian marble intended for the building. In addition, the Ratchaprasong Intersection had been used in years past to put criminals on display. An astrologer was brought in to provide solution to the bad luck, hence the shrine.

    In the early hours of 21 March 2006, the Brahma statue was vandalised by a Thai man who was believed to be mentally ill. After smashing the statue, the man, identified as Thanakorn Pakdeepol, 27, was beaten to death by angry bystanders. The statue was replaced two months later.

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  • The four-faced Brahma (Phra Phrom)

    by mycutegoddess Written Nov 28, 2007

    Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine located in the heart of Bangkok, opposite Gaysorn Bangkok Shopping Center. This is a place of four-faced Brahma (Phra Phrom) statue. The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 as part of the government-owned Erawan Hotel to correct bad omens believed to be caused by laying the foundations on the wrong date.

    People come to offer colourful flower garlands, lotus, incense and candles and pay their respectful to the shrine. The number of worshippers is increasing every year. They come to pray to Brahma to grant their wishes, or simply to enjoy the exotic sights, sounds and atmosphere.

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