Highly recommended place to go. Easy access from Skytrain. Beware of outside scam, always buy your flower inside the shrine.
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This shrine was built on fengshui principles when construction for the Hyatt building hit many problems. The locals believe it in sttrongly and motor cyclists will put their hands in prayer whilst passing and when a crack appeared during the end part of Thaksin in office, it was taken as an omen of bad things to come for Thailand. You can view it from the skytrain platform and be able to also see the performance of the traditional dancers who are paid by sponsors who are wishing and for those wishes fulfilled. Great vantage point for photography too.
This is Bangkok at its worst, at least intellectually. The shrimne was built when a series of construction accidents at the site caused superstitious foremen to stop everything and build it, and it has been holding tourists hostage ever since. The intellectual underclass of BKK comes here as couples lighting candles for a fruitful relationship. Not worth the cab fare or the Skytrain fare to come...not even visually interesting.
Becareful of ppl selling flower and praying stuff outside the shrine. We got cheated 400 baht for those praying stuff as we found in the shrine you can buy it for just a fraction of the price. Anyway, since the money is spent on praying stuff then we don;t complain too much. Just ignore those seller outside the shrine in future.
A very nice place right in the main business district of Bangkok. Walkable from Chitlom. Erawan shrine is dedicated to the four faced Buddha or Brahma. Considered auspicious by Thais they come here for blessings and for their wishes. Once the wishes are granted, they take part in a dance ceremony by traditional dancers. Its very relaxing and plesant atmosphere with teh strains of music from traditional instruments and traditional songs and the fragrance from the incense sticks. Not covered by tourist groups who only cover the other Wats. But should be seen once at least on a trip to Bangkok.