In 1956, at the urging of an astrologer, the government of Thailand created the Erawan Shrine as spiritual recompense for its boondoggled construction of the Erawan Hotel, which was ultimately torn down and replaced with the Grand Hyatt Erawan that overlooks the shrine. It's a Hindu site anchored by a gilded statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai form of the four-faced creation god Brahma. You'll see plenty of worshippers leaving flower garlands and other offerings here. Thai dance troupes frequently perform at the Erawan Shrine, too--always a highlight.
Thailand's most important Buddhist temple, Wat Phra Kaew lies in the heart of Bangkok on the... Read more