Erawan Shrine, Bangkok

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Chitlom Station, Bangkok +66 2252 8750

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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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    The Erawan Shrine (or San Phra...

    by jaec Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Erawan Shrine (or San Phra Phrom)is next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan. It features a four-headed statue of Brahma the hindu god of creation. It was built after a number serious accidents occurred during construction of the original Erawn Hotel.
    Ordinary Thais are seen making offerings of flowers or incense.

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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?

    Visit my blog for more information:
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    Good luck abound

    by aberacadabra Written Apr 18, 2011

    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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    Erawan Shrine

    by chiabh Updated Aug 28, 2008

    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 cs_zee Updated Mar 13, 2008

    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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  • 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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    Erawan Shrine

    by aukahkay Written Feb 6, 2008

    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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  • Erawan Shrine

    by bimbo_083 Written Sep 17, 2005

    I will always drop by this temple to do some offering when I reach Bangkok. It start will a anti clockwise and I purchase some of the offering item from the temple. They also have dancers in the temple.

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  • Erawan Shrine

    by TangoTravel Written Jun 30, 2004

    Under the roar of the skytrain, and shadowed by the high-rise shopping centers and hotels on Ploenchit and Rajdamri Road, lies the Erawan Shrine.

    Built in the 1950's during th construction of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel it was constucted as an offering to local spririts who seemed to be haunting the contruction of the hotel next door.

    Often, there will be traditional drncers performing within the shrine grounds paid for by worshippers who mingle easily amongst the tourists and lottery ticket sellers who seem to congregate around the shrine.

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    see buddist reverence in downtown capitalism

    by mi5chelle Written Aug 21, 2004

    This shrine sits at a major intersection in one of the busiest shopping districts of the city. For some reason, it is immensely popular with locals and visitors and you can see all sorts of people lighting candles and incense, praying and even authentic thai dancing done on this street corner.

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    Erawan Shrine

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    This is one of the larger and more famous street side shrines. You will find hundreds of smaller street side shrines throughout the city.

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    See a dance performance at the...

    by jaec Written Aug 25, 2002

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    See a dance performance at the Erawan shrine.
    The Erawan shrine also has a small dance troupe. Performances are paid for by worshippers in thanks for wishes granted.

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