The Erawan Shrine - พระพรหม เอราวัณ is somewhere you really must visit whilst you are in Bangkok.
Than Tao Mahaprom is believed to be a Brahma god full of kindness, mercy, sympathy and impartiality. Each virtue is represented in the four faces of the image, radiating serene grace. As the shrine was originally constructed to grace the old Erawan Hotel, the location became known as the Erawan Shrine.
Since Buddhism in Thailand has always been influenced by the Brahma beliefs, the Erawan Shrine made an immediate impact as evidenced by the unending streams of people paying respects from early morning till late at night. Thais, and even foreign visitors, make ceremonial offerings from floral garlands, fruits to teakwood elephants in the hope that their wishes will be fulfilled. Judging from the flowing multitude of believers, those wishes were indeed granted. Cash contributions are managed by a Foundation who distributes funds regularly to various charitable organisations and equipment for needy hospitals in the provinces.
For some, such reverence may seem to be only a superstitious belief. However, during misfortune or ill health, all of us need a spiritual uplift to help us through hard times. The Erawan Shrine has supplied that inner strength to many people and made their lives easier to bear while struggling to overcome their problems.
To feel the aura of reverence while watching the joyful celebration of a graceful Thai Classical Dance troupe or a lively Chinese Lion Dance is an experience to be added to your many memories of exotic Bangkok.
Text above is from Erawan Bangkok
The Erawan Shrine is a golden statue of the four- faced Hindu god Brahma - there are a number of Hindu god statues in this area - eat, shop, pray and pray.
It would be a good idea to look at the Erawan Shrine from a different number of locations - make sure you have a look from above and the skytrain.
But many times I visited it was very busy and sometimes people will pay for dancing to be done.
Don't forget there are no street sellers on a Monday (well there weren't when I was writing this).
There are still sellers for you to release the birds outside.
1) June 2017