"Dreamlike Erawan" Erawan Shrine Tip by mightywease

Erawan Shrine, Bangkok: 43 reviews and 79 photos

  Erawan Shrine
by mightywease
 
 

Dwarfed by the modern buildings, next to a busy road and in the shadow of the Skytrain the Erawan Shrine is one of those wonderful contrasts that you find in Bangkok. Step inside the small complex and it is easy to set aside the modern concrete city around you and concentrate on the traditional customs of worship.

The shrine was built as a spirit house ? home to the guardian of the place/building ? for the Erawan Hotel. Now it is a busy focus for worshippers who come to making offerings of flowers and incense or who commission short performances by the traditional dancers and musicians to give thanks for their good fortune. Outside the shrine caged birds are sold ? releasing them is supposed to bring good luck ? and tickets bought from the lottery sellers are also considered lucky.

Incense drifts lazily across the shrine like mist, its heady smell combining with the sound of instruments to create an almost dreamlike atmosphere, heightening emotions. Walk away from the shrine and back into the bustling city and it?s easy to imagine that the shrine is a mirage. This was one of the first places we visited in Bangkok and it was an evocative introduction to the city.

Address: Chitlom Station, Bangkok
Directions: Near the Sogo Dept. Store
Phone: +66 2 252 8750
Website: http://www.discoverthailand.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 15, 2005
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