NileGuide Expert Says:
Just strides away from Central World, one of Bangkok's largest and most upscale shopping malls, the Erawan Shrine presents the shopaholic tourist with a convenient chance to soak up some culture.
494 Ratchawithi Road (corner of Ploenchit and Ratchiwithi)
(Next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)
10330 Bangkok, Thailand
tel: +66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
fax: +66 2 225 7615(Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Most will refer to this as the Four-Faced Buddha.
In the middle of the glitz and traffic of downtown commercial Bangkok stands Erawan Shrine, a very unique place of worship that is a must-see. Devoted to the Hindu god Brahma, Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to honor the spirits that once resided in trees that were chopped down during construction of the nearby Erawan Hotel. Nowadays, the shrine is constantly flooded with worshippers praying for good fortune as they burn incense, light candles and place carnation garlands at offering tables. Traditional Thai dancers perform on a stage around the clock, and tourists are welcomed to partake in the spirituality. The open-air fills with pleasant scents and the good vibes are abundant. Erawan Shrine is a Bangkok must.