Amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Bangkok, you will find a small spot where the day’s rush is forgotten and time is taken to pray for a better tomorrow; welcome to the Erawan Shrine!
Planning Your Visit
This popular shrine can be found in the busy Ratchaprasong intersection. Within a 20-minute drive from Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, this site is near the CentralWorld mall and can be easily accessed from the Chitlom or Siam BTS Skytrain stations. Tip; early morning visits will help you beat the crowds and traffic.
A Bit of History
The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to bring about good fortune to the construction of the Erawan Hotel that was plagued with bad luck and accidents. The building was successfully completed after the shrine was set-up and today, visiting this sacred site is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Shrine Itself
The shrine honours Brahma or “Phra Phrom” who is the Hindu god of creation. A gold-covered statue of this four-faced deity can be seen here and each face is believed to represent some form of good luck; that’s why many Hindu devotees visit this site to pray and make offerings for good fortune.
Devotees & Dancers
Amongst the things you can see here are devotees offering garlands or fruits as well as lighting incense sticks. Worshippers even hire traditional dancers to perform, sometimes as gratitude for having their prayers answered; if you’re lucky you will get to witness this as well!