Erawan Shrine, Bangkok

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    erawan shrine at the heart of the city

    by malangi Written May 4, 2006

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    the four-faced buddha for luck
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    include the erawan shrine in your city tour...this is the four-faced buddha known to bring good luck to thai people...when we visited the place, a lot of thai people are offering candles and food...during our visit, a cultural dance is taking place...they can offer the dance to you, you will just give a minimum donation!

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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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    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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    A shrine in the heart of the city

    by chatterley Written Dec 19, 2005

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    The Erawan Shrine is famous for granting your prayers and wishes. Devotees (locals and Chinese from nearby countries) visit this shrine to pray to the Four-Faced Buddha. If your prayers have been answered, you can pay some money and get dancers to perform a traditional dance for the buddha as a show of your appreciation. This shrine can get extremely crowded during the day.

    I've heard that the direction in which you pray matters. If you are making a decent living, then you'll pray to in a clockwise direction...if you are..ahem....making a living out of some dishonest means (or involved in some sleazy business), eg. money-laundering, etc, then you'll pray in an anti-clockwise direction....I'm not sure if this rumour is true, though..

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    Buy Good Favor

    by mtcowgirl Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    Erawan Shrine - Dancers Wait to Perform

    Erawan Shrine is something different. The shrine was built to appease the restless spirits during the construction of the Erawan Hotel in 1956. It was believed that the foundation was laid on the wrong date and the spirits became angry and caused problems. The Erawan Hotel was later destroyed and in the late 1980's the Hyatt Erawan was built in its place.

    Located near the Hyatt Erawan, the shrine features a four-faced Brahma statue. Worshipers hire dance troupes that wait at the shrine to pay tribute in return for good fortune. The shrine actually is not very interesting unless one of the dance troupes is performing...but when they do, it's very cool!

    The shrine was the scene of great controversy in March 2006 when a mentally-ill man destroyed the statue and was then beaten to death by angry bystanders. The shrine temporarily closed but in May 2006, a new statue constructed with a mixture of new precious metals and fragments of the old statue was put on display.

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    Becareful What You Promise

    by csyeo Written Aug 5, 2007

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    Erwan Shrine in the middle of busy street

    According to urban legend, once the wish you'd made at Erawan Shrine been fulfilled, you MUST return to the shrine and realize your promise. If not, a series of 'unfortunate' events might happen on the wisher. Therefore, becareful what you wish and promise.

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    Where thai people pay their prayer

    by kenari Written Jan 3, 2007

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    something new for me as my collegue who lived here show me where thai people pay their prayer or wish...here you need to tell the monk you name and what so ever your prayer or wish then there a group of thai dancer will dance your prayer or wish which in front of the shrine.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by pmarshuk Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Originally built as the spirit house for the Erawan Hotel in 1956, this has become the most highly regarded shrine in Bangkok to the highest ranking Brahma God, the four faced Than Tao Mahaprom. It is named after his mode of transport, the three headed Erawan elephant. At any time of day or night you will find people making offerings to the god of incense and flowers. You can also pay extra and 2, 4, 6 or 8 dancers will perform an extra special thank you for you.
    The shrine is located at the Ratchaprasong Junction virtually underneath the skytrain and close to ChidLom station

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    Erawan Shrine

    by Sharrie Updated Jun 5, 2003

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    ERAWAN SHRINE: The Hindu Shrine near Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel is where faithful arrive to offer incense sticks & garlands to the famous 4-faced god Brahma. Brahma is thought to be extremely helpful where money matters are concerned. Hence, many worshippers come at all times of the day.

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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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    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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    wishes at Erawan Shrine

    by francischris Written Feb 7, 2006

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    Stll as crowded
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    This roadside shrine at the busiest junction of BKK has been upgraded since my last visit 15 yrs ago.The place has been paved and fenced with addition of a dancer pavilion and musicians.Also statues of Elephants big n small of various shades are been worshipped.These improvements are probably funded by well wishers over the years.The old story goes that a women prayed at this shrine that she will fulfill her obligation if her wish is granted.Thus ,she was satisfied and return to dance in her full birthday suit in fornt of the detities.I heard that a lot of famous HongKong and Taiwanese actors n actress freguent this Shrine.

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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 xiquinho Written Sep 23, 2004

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    The Erawan Shrine

    This shrine is a small, open-air sanctuary, containing a four-headed bronze Brahman sculpture. Because of the miracles attributed to the goddess at this site, the shrine is highly revered by Buddhists worldwide. Traditional Thai dances are also regularly performed here.

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    The Shrine of four faced god

    by travelpug Written Oct 12, 2007

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    Erawan Shrine in the evening

    It is a four faced god from Hinduism. Everyday tourists and locals flock in to pray at this shrine located in one of the busiest intersections in Bangkok. It's a good place to see traditional Thai dance as the devotees' way of showing respect once their wishes come true.

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