Erawan Shrine


The famous sacred object of this temple attracts far more visitors than many other city temples. The Erawan temple is a Hindu shrine that houses the statue of Phra Phrom, the god of luck and protection and Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation named Brahma. Several times a day traditional Thai dance shows are organized here – dance companies are paid by the believers who think this will help their prayers in the shrine to be heard.

The Erawan Temple was built in 1956 to neutralize bad karma from the construction of the luxurious Erawan hotel. It was believed that a series of mishappenings were due to the bad choice of the construction date. On the initial stages of construction there were cost overruns, accidents with workers, an even a loss of a ship carrying Italian marble for the hotel. An astrologer advised to build a temple to fight negative influences. The statue of Brahma was created by the Department of Fine Arts, and after that there were no further accidents reported. In 1987 Erawan hotel was destroyed as it lost rivalry with the more modern ones, so Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok was built in its place.

Phra Phrom is also known as the Four-faced Buddha represented by four virtues – good, mercy, compassion and impartiality. Everlasting people crowds come here to pay respect to the god from morning till late evening. Believers make gifts out of flower garlands, fruits and little teak wood elephants hoping that their prayers will be answered. Money donations are given to hospitals located in Thai provinces.

In March 2006 the temples was attacked by a mentally challenged person. 27-year-old man smashed the statue with a hammer and then was beaten to death by two angry bystanders. In order for the people to continue their prayers some photographs were placed in the shrine, and already two months after the vandalism a new Phra Phrom statue was given to the temple. On August 17, 2015 a bomb detonated next to the shrine killing 27 people and injuring at least 120.

Address: 494 Ratchadamri Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan
Opening hours: daily 6 am – 12 am
How to reach: BTS Chit Lom
Coordinates: 13.74433, 100.54048