Situated close to the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Chidlom skytrain station, the Erawan Shrine is dedicated to the Hindu God Phra Phrom who is greatly worshipped by the Thais. Earnest devotees offer dance performances and offer miniature sized wooden elephants and laced flowers before the shrine.
The shrine was built in 1956 to appease the supposedly evil forces that were behind the killing of construction workers working on the Grand Hyatt Erawan.
At that time misfortunes were supposed to be caused by starting the construction on an inauspicious date. Surprisingly, once the Erawan shrine was completed, construction-related deaths stopped and the hotel witnessed prosperity.
This so-called magic turned the shrine into one of the most revered places in Thailand. The shrine contains a golden statue of the four-faced Hindu God Brahma, rechristened here as Than Tao Mahaprom.
There is a glittering canopy above the statue. Heaps of flowers, candles and incense sticks surround the deity. The shrine remains crowded day and night with worshippers. Passersby bow in reverence while passing the temple in taxis, bus, and in the sky train.
If we visit Bangkok in the mid December is it worth it? Can we friends have fun at that point of time? And what can we do over there and where all can we visit? And do we get any tour guides to show us the entire place?
What are the attractions we should not miss in at Bangkok? Please suggest me some good food joints too. What are the options for recreations. Where can i take my children? Also enlighten me about the shopping options?
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