There is no shortage of religious relics in the city of Bangkok. Regardless of its urban decor, visitors are sure to find a number of temples, spirit houses, and shrines amid the towering skyscrapers in the capital. Here are 5 stunning shrines in Bangkok you should visit.
Erawan Shrine is the most well-known in Bangkok and almost all of Thailand. This Brahman shrine is located on one of the busiest intersections in the capital. Since it was built in 1956, the shrine has seen its fair share of people mill in and out making wishes in hopes they will soon be granted. This was not the shrine’s original purpose, however. The Erawan Hotel was believed to have bad karma, and the shrine was built to counter a series of unfortunate events which had taken place. That being said, the shrine was bombed on August 17, 2015, which killed 20 people. Seven people were also injured at the shrine when a driver suffered a stroke and slammed into the gates surrounding it.
Kuan Yin Shrine
Kuan Yin is an iconic female goddess. As the goddess of mercy and compassion, she encompasses many of the values held by those who are Theravada Buddhist, which is practiced by over 95 percent of the country. In Bangkok, one of the most iconic images of Kuan Yin is found in an old area of Chinatown along the Chao Phraya River. The statue, carved from teak wood, was apparently made during the Song Dynasty some 900 years ago. In addition to the image of Kuan Yin, the shrine in which it is housed is bursting with colorful Chinese decor with stunningly detailed roofing.
Those feeling down on their luck should head to the Ganesha Shrine. Ganesha is the god of success, and business people and those hoping for a creative spark to ignite work of some sort will visit this shrine in the hope of inspiration. Located off the modern BTS Skytrain Station Chit Lom, the large golden elephant sits just outside CentralWorld. Thais will come to offer colorful, marigold garlands and different types of food, like bananas.
Outside yet another major shopping mall in Bangkok you will find the Lakshmi Shrine. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of purity and wealth. The stunning gold-colored woman sits on the fourth floor of the Gaysorn Plaza in the outdoor area. She is raised up on a platform, standing on the iconic lotus flower. Her four-armed figure can be seen from beneath.
Indra Shrine may be the most colorful of all the shrines in Bangkok. The green deity is made of jade, and is bedecked with colorful garlands of marigolds and incense given to him by those who come to pay homage. Two of his four arms hold a bow and thunderbolt. The shrine sits just outside Amarin Plaza.
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