Erawan Shrine Bangkok Overview
This shrine is situated in the heart of Bangkok’s main hotel and shopping district on the Sukhumvit Road. It is very easily accessible by sky train so it is well worth making a stop here to see the colourful and busy happenings at this bustling shrine if you are in the area. Strictly speaking the shrine is not buddhist but features the four faced hindu god Brahma. Thais come here in their droves to make various offerings to the Brahma god. Offerings include flower garlands and small wooden elephants, some also make merit by releasing caged birds which are for sale at the entrance as well as commissioning the resident dance troupe to perform a ceremonial dance to encourage good luck in having their wishes fulfilled.
As with many Thai buildings spirit houses are often built with in the grounds of its associated building to appease the spirits and ensure good luck and karma for the residents of the real building. The Erawan shrine was built during the construction of the Erawan Hotel in the 1950’s. The original Erawan Hotel has now changed its name to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok but the shrine is still firmly known as The Erawan Shrine.
Erawan Shrine Dance troupe
The Erawan Shrine dance troupe can be commissioned to perform a ceremonial dance. The amount of donation required will be dependent on the number of dancers which perform the dance. There is a price list at the shrine.
2 Dancers – 260 baht
4 Dancers – 360 baht
6 Dancers – 610 baht
8 Dancers – 710 baht
Erawan Shrine opening Hours
The gates to the Erawan Shrine are open from 6:00am – 11:00pm
Erawan Shrine entrance fee
There are no entrance fees to the Erawan Shrine. If you want to make an offerings then incense, flower garlands and wooden elephants can be bought from the street vendors outside the shrine. Prices should be fixed according to the public posting at the shrine
How to get to Erawan Shrine
The Erawan Shrine is situated by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok hotel on the corner of the busy intersection of Ratchadamri and Rama 1 Roads. If you are arriving by BTS (Sky Train) Get off at Chitlom Station and walk around 250 meters west along Rama 1 Road.