Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), Bangkok

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Say a prayer to Phra Phrom at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine), a small but popular Hindu shrine. Visitors who stop here often light incense, make an offering of fruit or flowers, and admire the traditional Thai dancers, paid for by supplicants hoping to have their prayers answered. At the heart of the shrine sits a golden statue of Phra Phrom, the four-faced Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation, Lord Brahma. It is a popular tourist destination and is generally safe, however, in 2015 a bomb went off near the shrine, killing 20 people. Before you visit Bangkok, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Brahma god is written in buddist book. But only in chinese. I only read 15 out of maybe 40 from buddha. Only one high lighted brahma god. 
    Brahma god is written in buddist book. But only in chinese. I only read 15 out of maybe 40 from buddha. Only one high lighted brahma god.  more »
  • Surprisingly, given its small size, one of the holiest places in Bangkok is the Erawan Shrine. Legend has it that after several mishaps occurred during the mid-1950s construction of the Erawan... 
    Surprisingly, given its small size, one of the holiest places in Bangkok is the Erawan Shrine. Legend has it that after several mishaps occurred during the mid-1950s construction of the Erawan...  more »
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  • An interesting place to visit, especially if you like to see how religious traditions develop. Here you'll see a mix of Hindu, Buddhist, and animist beliefs. The photos and videos I have added are from about 2005, the dancers wear face shields now. Ceremony is important, but so is avoiding Covid...
  • After 26 years of going once on every visit, this time it felt very dry and hollow. Reason being that you are not allowed to burn the joss sticks or the candles anymore. While I understand the public health discourse, life is not made up of science and health only but enriched by spirituality, faith and human energy. The smell and warmth that would trigger a quarter of century of prayers and memories can no longer be experienced. I have decided not to go there any more, so that I can live with the beautiful memories I had every year, on every visit, since 1996. Hope it is just me. 😥😥😥

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