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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Erawan Museum is about 30 kilometers out of Bangkok in Samut Prakan. The first thing you will see as you approach is the world’s biggest bronze 3 headed elephant which weights 250 ton and is 20 meters high. Very spectacular, inside there are 3 levels housing priceless antiques and religious objects. Each floor shows the Thai belief in the universe.
The basement represents the Underwater World; here you will find many displays of rare pottery and ceramics.
The first floor is Mount Meru which Buddhists believe is the centre of the universe, have a look at the magnificent stained glass ceiling. The staircase is amazing and most of the ornamental decoration is made from crushed Benjarong pottery, check out the elephants at the base of the stairs, the ears are made from ceramic spoons.
The highest level within the elephant is Heaven and there is a lift to take you up there. There are ancient Buddha’s on both sides of the Upper level and no photos are allowed to be taken of these. Relics of the Lord Buddha are inside the Walking Buddha.
The Erawan Museum was a vision of Lek Viriyaphant (The Ancient City) for him to showcase his personal collection of Thai Art and to develop Cultural Tourism.
Also take time to wander around the beautiful gardens, there are also plenty of places to buy something to eat or drink. Erawan Museum is definitely worth a visit, I am surprised it is not mentioned more often, it is a place every visitor to Bangkok should see.
This is one of the larger and more famous street side shrines. You will find hundreds of smaller street side shrines throughout the city.
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.