Bangkok Sights

Erawan Shrine (San Phra Phrom)

  • Ratchadamri and Ploenchit Rds. Map It
  • Pathumwan
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 05/31/2016

Fodor's 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. The shrine's 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 a small donation. A crazed man smashed the main statue in early 2006 and then was beaten to death by people outside the shrine. More recently, the shrine was the scene of a bomb attack in mid-2015, in which 22 people, including tourists, were killed, and more than 125 were injured. After both incidences, the shrine has been repaired and is as popular as ever. For those who are a bit spooked by its past, there are fantastic views of both the shrine and the worshipping going on from the Rajaprasong Skywalk up above, from where many visitors take pictures.

  • Flowers, Erawan Shrine, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand, Asia.

    PAUL ATKINSON / Shutterstock

Sight Information

Address:

Ratchadamri and Ploenchit Rds., Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

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Sight Details:

  • Free (small donation customary)

Published 05/31/2016

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