Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Erawan Shrine, Bangkok - RT/WW

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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.

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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

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There are numerous stalls outside the shrine selling offerings. They usually charge exorbitant prices. Hubby would only buy from the stall inside the shrine.

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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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25 comments:

  1. Very colorful cultures n traditions. I love the graceful Thai dancers. Wld like to visit Bangkok one day.

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  2. I am quite skeptical,but as you say,it is worth the visit.

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  3. Sweet Jasmine,
    You have not been to Bangkok?

    It is one of my favourite destinations where food, massage and shopping are the reasons I visit. :D

    The Thais are so hospitable.

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  4. stanley,
    I tag along whenever my hubby goes to pray at the Erawan shrine.

    I used to be a skeptic but I have witnessed some amazing powers of Four-faced Buddha.

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  5. I must visit this shrine too if I visit Bangkok.

    As you said, it's worth it to visit to appreciate Thai's tradition even if we don't share the same belief. :)

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  6. Lina,
    Many tourists visit this shrine to see an important part of the Thai culture and tradition. You will find it fascinating.

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  7. A lot of my friends who prayed here told me they got their prayers answered and they have returned to thank the Four Face Buddha.

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  8. Ooh, I would love to go Bangkok again! It's my favourite travel destination, and it's not far from Malaysia! : )

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  9. Amazing pictures of a sshrine I have never heard about before; The Four Faced Buddah.
    I have read about the temple dancers though, didn't know they still existed.

    This is why I like blogging. I get to see and learrn all the time.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Hi ECL! I have not been to Bangkok but I can tell there are so much to see and experience there.

    Right now we're still enjoying our vacation here in Manila =)

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  11. foongpc,
    My hubby returns to pray to Four-faced Buddha every year, that speaks volumes.

    I just love the food and shopping in Bangkok.

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  12. Bananaz,
    Not necessarily so, if not all the bad guys also get their wishes granted, then how?.

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  13. Felisol,
    One can still watch the traditional Thai dance in Bangkok. There are temples that conduct classes too. :)

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  14. Ayie,
    You should come to Singapore for a holiday since you are in Manila!! It's a must visit destination in your lifetime! :D

    There are several budget airlines flying from Manila to Singapore.

    Bangkok is one city you should visit once in your lifetime.

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  15. Did the dancers care that you were taking their picture?


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  16. Magical Mystical teacher,
    There are many people watching the performances and taking photos of the dancers. I'm sure they don't mind their photos being taken.

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  17. I've been there once and this was one of the first places we stopped in Bangkok. i thought it was a nice introduction to the city.

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  18. looks fun! nice shots. thanks for dropping by at my blog. happy RT!

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  19. Thailand is the great place to visit. I will visit there soon.
    Thanks for the information.

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  20. It all looks so very beautiful, colourful and yet peaceful all rolled into one. I hope that you have a wonderful time.

    I would love to know the name of the yellow flowers that are made into garlands ... are they by chance chrysanthemums? I can't quite make them out. I often wish blogs could have a smell feature so that we could all have the opportunity to experience a little more of everything! Perhaps one day who knows ...

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  21. Life Ramblings,
    Usually the tour guides would bring their clients to Erawan Shrine first. First thing my hubby does after checking into our hotel is to go pay respects to the Four-faced Buddha. :)

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  22. coolingstar9,
    Bangkok is a great place to shop and dine. Things cost cheaper.

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  23. Kloggers/Polly,
    The yellow flowers are marigolds. Besides marigold, jasmine is also a popular flower to offer to Four-faced Buddha. Lots of these flowers are used each day in Bangkok.

    err.... it's better without the smell feature for this post because the shrine is filled with the choking smell of burning incense. :P

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