The Erawan Shrine is a sacred place in Bangkok where many believers flocked to worship. It was said that many worshippers has their prayers answered, and words began to spread, leading to more believers.
The Shrine is located just beside Bangkok Skytrain Chitlom Station. Before the station was built years ago, people identify the place as ‘beside the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel’, without knowing that the shrine is actually owned by a former hotel Erawan Hotel.
It was said that the shrine was built to ward off the many mishaps during the construction of Erawan Hotel in 1956. The hotel gave way to the present Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.
Erawan Shrine is actually a Hindu shrine, it sits the statue of Than Tao Mahaprom. In Singapore it is popularly known as the ‘Si Mian Fo’- 四面佛 – Four Faced Buddha. Each side of his face represent the virtue of kindness, mercy, sympathy and impartiality.
Not just in Thailand, in Singapore itself, there are many worshippers, with the statue placed in their house or garden.
How To Pray?
Interested in praying? The procedure is simple. It is recommended to pray with some some joss sticks or fruits or garlands of flowers, prayers can get these from any of the stalls in the shrine or anywhere outside. Or simply walk to the front of Four Faced Buddha and say your prayers.
Secondly, lit up the joss sticks.
Once done, start praying to each side of Four Faced Buddha, go in a clockwise direction. It’s optional to stand and pray or kneel down.
While praying to each side of the Four Faced Buddha, say out your name and your wish. Some speak out loud, while others whisper, it’s all personal preference.
Be serious and show respect while praying, do not laugh or talk loudly.
Once done, placed some offerings and joss sticks at the front, and proceed to the other side of Four Faced Buddha.
Many worshippers who got their prayers answered or granted usually return with offerings of floral garlands or teakwood elephants, which can be bought from the few stalls here.
In Thailand, elephants enjoys royal prestige and is highly regarded as auspicious.
Enjoy also the many beautiful dances and performances at the Shrine, these are troupes usually engaged by worshippers. They got their wishes fulfilled and came back with big celebrations.
Not so sure about other countries, in Singapore, there are lots of believers who frequently visited the Shrine.
How To Go ?
A sacred and interesting place isn’t it? So, how to go? 2 ways to be there:
- Take the Skytrain to Chitlom Station (highlighted by the yellow coloured arrow), it’s just beside it.
The best place to take pictures is also from the Station itself, that’s how I got this picture.
2. If you have been to the famous Central World shopping centre, just cross the road towards Erawan Shrine.
The Shrine is opened daily from 6am till 11pm, there is no entrance fee charges, all are welcome in.
Enjoy your tour, Vacation Is Never Enough!