THE TOUGH TIMES OF ERAWIN SHRINE

The Erawin Shrine is a famous landmark that attracts a lot of tourists each year. Originally built to ward of the “bad spirits”, it’s become a site where tourists wish for good luck, money, a child, etc etc. Anything your heart desires.

Unfortunately the shrine has gone through some tough times.

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The crowds
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The Shrine
In 2006 a man (claimed to be mentally hill) destroy the shrine with a hammer). He was then beat to death…….

In 2015 a bomb near the shrine exploded (terrorism?) resulting a lot of casualties. So yeah, makes you wonder sometimes what this world has become.

Regardless, this is not going to deter me from visiting the shrine and paying my respects!

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As expected there was a LOT of people (mostly tourists) here. They were buying these flowers where they can offer it to the Shrine.

And the local workers there would just take it away and trash it. That’s kind of a waste no? I am curious to know if the local workers just resell these flowers to the same vendors. That’s kind of bad.

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Religious Dances??
There are also dances performed by the locals. I saw people on their knees and praying? I guess this is some kind of ritual to bring good luck? Not really sure.

And then I saw this:

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Wash your hands?
Er, people lining up to pour water on their hands and faces. Holy water equivalent? I am not sure……it’s probably just tap water no..?

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The Shrine Again
Even if you are not religious I still recommend you to pay a visit to the shrine. A site that you should experience once in my opinion.

Written from Bangkok, written from Westin Grande on June 19, 2017

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