Chidlom - Ploenchit Attractions

What to See in Chidlom - Ploenchit

Straddling both Wireless Road and Sarasin Road, the tranquility of Lumpini Park is recommended for those wanting a natural tonic to counteract the sometimes overwhelming chorus of traffic and commerce that is the city's soundtrack. The best time to come is in the morning or at dusk - when the sticky heat of day is absent.

Tourist attractions are thin on the ground in Ploenchit and the roads that traverse it. Still, those that are here - namely shrines - draw steady streams of locals from dawn till dusk, and are well worth seeing if you want to witness the city's Buddhist faithful receiving spiritual succor in the midst of dynamic, free-wheeling commerce. 


The most famous is the Erawan Shrine, on the corner of Ploenchit and Ratchadamri roads. Located in front of CentralWorld, the Elephant and Trimurti (or Lovers) Shrines are also very popular. Venture to the first if you're seeking artistic success and accomplishment, the latter if looking to find romance and, ultimately, a soulmate.

Couples wanting to conceive, or those who fancy witnessing the bizarre sight of hundreds of carved phalluses - from small wooden carvings to big stone sculptures - head for the Goddess Tubtim Shrine, in the grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel on Wireless Road. Otherwise, this area really is the perfect spot to flex your credit card to its limits, to enjoy fine dining experiences and typical mall activities like cinema or bowling. 


 

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Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine in Bangkok is Brahman, not strictly Buddhist. And yet, this famous shrine attracts more visitors than many of the city's temples. It was erected during the mid 1950s, after the Thai government had decided to build the luxury Erawan Hotel on this location. However, the first stages of the construction were beset with so many problems that superstitious labourers refused to continue unless the land spirits were appeased. Read More...

Opening Hours: 06:00-24:00
Location: In front of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, corner of Ploenchit and Ratchadamri Road
BTS: Chidlom

Ganesha Shrine

Directly adjacent to Trimurti stands another important Hindu shrine, this time for Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is considered a master of intellect and wisdom, and visitors here seek to be blessed with artistic success and accomplishment. The deity is one of the more recognizable (at least for non-Hindus) because of his elephant head, human components (many arms), elements of serpents, and the big belly that it is depicted with. His attendant is a mouse. Ganesha is often linked to the field of arts, but is, in fact, the Destroyer of Obstacles. Craftsmen would invoke Ganesha before embarking on a delicate process like stone carving, hence the link with the arts. He is also believed to be the god of good fortune, and revered by businessmen who wish for success in their ventures. Read More...

Opening Hours: 24 hours
Location: 999/9 Rajdamri Road, in front of CentralWorld
BTS: Chidlom

Trimurti Shrine

On Thursday evening at 21:30 is when lovelorn singles wearing red turn to Trimurti, the god of love, with offerings of red roses - all in the name of love, and in the hope that they will meet their eternal sweethearts. The shrine is a landmark in front of CentralWorld, and was recently slightly moved (at great expense) to make way for recent renovations. Read More...

Opening Hours: 24 hours
BTS: Chidlom or Siam
Address: 999/9 Rajdamri Road, in front of CentralWorld

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