"The 4-faced Buddha of Erawan Shrine" Erawan Shrine Tip by xuessium

Erawan Shrine, Bangkok: 43 reviews and 79 photos

by xuessium

In 1953, the Thai Hotel and Tourism Co. started the construction of Erawan Hotel. When it was near completion in 1956, the management consulted an astrologer for an auspicious date for its grand opening. As it turned out, the astrologer pointed out that the date when the foundation stone was laid was not suitable, and advised that a Brahman shrine and a guardian spirit shrine should be built to correct the error.

The management brought in the Dept. of Fine Arts to design and build the statue of Brahma according to the traditions of the department. The gilded plaster statue was enshrined at the Erawan Hotel on November 9, 1956.

Both Thai and foreign visitors come to play their respects at the Shrine, which is widely known as the Erawan shrine. The number of worshippers is increasing every year. They come to pray to Brahma to grant their wishes, or simply to enjoy the exotic sights, sounds and atmosphere. It has been claimed that the shrine is very potent and usually wishes will come true...but in doing so, you must come back every year to pay your homage.

The original Erawan Shrine was destroyed by a demented man in March 2006. A replacement was quickly built and the Shrine re-opened to great fanfare in May 2006.

Address: Chidlom Station, Bangkok
Directions: Near the Sogo Dept. Store and almost opposite Gaysorn Shopping Centre.
Phone: +66 2252 8750
Website: http://www.hotelthailand.com/ezine/2001/issue5/zine3.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 22, 2006
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