Thailand: Day Four (part 2)

After our time in Benjasiri Park, we hopped on the Skytrain to travel a few stops up the line to Erawon Shrine.  Erawon is a famous shrine that was once constructed to ward off bad spirits as one of the local hotels was being constructed. Many construction accidents were happening in the area so the powers that be thought that the spirits of the area must be angered.  The shrine was built to appease the spirits so that the project could continue without more bad luck.  Over time the shrine became more auspicious to the locals.  To this day many Thais and others come to present offerings to the shrine and to ask for favor for the situations in their lives.  Incense is lit and marigold garlands are presented as offerings of appeasement.

Erawon Shrine

Lighting incense.

Erawon Shrine

Prayers and recitations

Erawon Shrine

Garland sellers line the street in front of the shrine. Patrons use the garlands as offerings.

Erawon Shrine

Thai dancers are hired to dance before the shrine as people present their requests.

Tim with coconut-blog

Tim cools off with a refreshing coconut drink after visiting the shrine.  It’s a perfect day for a coconut.

*As we speak of cultural differences and beliefs, let’s remember to let our comments be gracious.*

Linking up with Songography and Black and White Wednesday.

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  1. What a gorgeous place! I am loving seeing your adventures and learning all about Thailand!
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  2. Oh those garlands are beautiful (am eyeing the orchids!)… love these captures Kim. Always fascinating to see public worship and the reasons behind public shrines. The traditional Thai dress of the dancers is stunning.
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  3. Ooh, drinking from a fresh coconut –<3!! I used to take that for granted when I was living in the Philippines, but here in HK, fresh coconuts are not cheap and they're usually not that "young" (the meat is thick and tough, vs that of a young coconut's, which is soft and thin).
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  4. I find this absolutely fascinating. I love learning not only about what they are doing but why & their beliefs. I love understanding it more & being able to share this with my kids. Thanks Kim
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  5. I have a feeling you had a whole boatload of “perfect days” while in Thailand! I’ve been too busy to give your Thailand posts the proper attention they deserve, and plan on sitting down this weekend and thoroughly absorb myself in them! Thanks for joining in at Song-ography.

  6. Wonderful BW shot! Very creatively captured ~ All your Thailand photography is so informative and creative! Hope you are having a wonderful time!

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  7. That drink does look good. Wonderful colors-I especially like the multi colored flowers the woman is holding on the left photo.
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  8. Kim, your photos of the people of Thailand are exquisite. I’m going back through to read about your trip from the beginning. But the faces of these people are what you capture so beautifully. Glad you had a fantastic, rich time!
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