worshippers placing offerings before the Four-Faced Buddha
In Bangkok, one popular tourist attraction which I will visit is the Erawan Shrine, next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and is conveniently located near the Bangkok Skytrain's Chitlom Station. Hundreds of people visit it daily as it is said worshippers usually have their prayers answered.
The Four-Faced Buddha literally has 4 faces. Each of the 4 faces represent the elements of the earth that face 4 different directions. In a clockwise direction, starting at the entrance, is the Face of Peace and Health, Face of Good Fortune, Face of Good Relationships and Face of Protection against Evils.
Caged birds for releasing
At the entrance of the shrine, you can buy a cage of birds for 500 baht for releasing. It is said one can get good credits for doing this.I don't buy it. :P
There are numerous stalls outside the shrine selling offerings. They usually charge exorbitant prices. Hubby would only buy from the stall inside the shrine.
Worshippers whose prayers have been answered returned here to hire dancers ( from 2 to maximum 8) to perform for the Buddha. Price depends on the number of dancers.
But even if you do not believe in such things, it is worth the visit to learn more about the Thais' distinctive culture and traditions. Good opportunity to observe and take pictures too.
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