The famous Erawan shrine in Bangkok
The Erawan Shrine is an Hindu Shrine in Bangkok on the corner of Ratchaprsong intersection and is actually named Thao Maha Phrom Shrine after the Phra Phom statue that is housed here. The shrine is part of the Erawan Hotel that was once next to it, what itself already has an interesting history of irregularities and misfortune. The shrine was build in 1956. In 1987 the Erawan Hotel was demolished and the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel was build. The Erawan shrine has a lot of history and also believed of bringing good luck to people offering flowers and candles. And for that reason the Erawan Shrine is a popular shrine for many people. Almost 24hr a day you will see here people making merit. But the shrine has in recent times a sad history :
- In 2006 the Phra Phom statue was demolished by a probably disturbed person but he was beaten to death by even more disturbed people. There goes your friendly Thai smile.
- In 2010 the shrine watched one of Thailands blackest months during protests that ended with a violent government crackdown in what in the end 90 people where killed.
- In 2015 it was the scene of a never really cleared bombing in what 20 people died.