The Erawan Shrine, admired by Hindus and Buddhist Thais.
This Hindu shrine was erected in 1956, when the construction of the original Erawan Hotel nearby (now the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel ) was plagued by a series of mishaps, believed to be caused by bad karma or bad spirits. Ever since, it has been relied on for good luck, and is usually surrounded by garlands and other offerings.
It’s a pilgrimage site for people of all beliefs, who stop by to make wishes as they burn incense or light candles, before heading to one of the many malls in the area.
In 2006, a deranged man smashed the golden statue of the four-faced Brahma (the creator god in Hinduism) with a hammer, and was beaten to death by bystanders. The image was quickly restored.
Occasionally, you may see performances of traditional dancers honoring the Hindu god Indra, who’s considered holy by Buddhist Thais.
The Erawan Shrine seen from the elevated walkway connecting to the BTS Skytrain.
How to get to the Erawan Shrine
Take the BTS Skytrain to Chit Lom station. You'll see the shrine outside.
Opening times: 6am-6pm