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Erawan Shrine (San Phra Phrom)

Erawan Shrine (San Phra Phrom) Review

Completed in 1956, this is not a particularly old shrine by Bangkok standards, but it's one of the more active ones, with many people stopping by on their way home to pray to Brahma. Thai dancers and a small traditional orchestra perform for a fee to increase the likelihood that your wish will be granted. Its location at one of Bangkok's most congested intersections, next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan and near the Chitlom Skytrain station, detracts a bit from the experience. Even with a traffic jam right outside the gates though, the mix of burning incense, dancers in traditional dress, and many people praying is a memorable sight. Entry is free, but many people leave small donations. A crazed man smashed the main statue in early 2006 and then was beaten to death by people outside the shrine. The statue has since been repaired and is more popular than ever.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ratchadamri and Ploenchit Rds., Pratunam, Bangkok, 10330 | Map It
  • Metro Skytrain: Chitlom.
  • Location: Pathumwan
Updated: 03-14-2013

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