What to See in Ratchaprasong
Aside from world-class shopping in Ratchaprasong, visitors can take in a movie at several cinema complexes, sling balls down bowling alleys, or serenade friends in karaoke booths (SF and Major Cineplex at CentralWorld, or EGV on Ratchadamri). No less than six shrines to deities, whose roots link to ancient Hindu tradition, sit alongside the area's bustling shopping malls, hotels and hot spots.
Undoubtedly the best-known and most revered is the Erawan Shrine. Famous for bringing good fortune, it attracts millions of visitors each year, most of whom deliver offerings of incense, candles, jasmine garlands and gold leaf. Very popular also is the Trimurti Shrine, which young Thais flock to for help in affairs of the heart, and the Elephant or Ganesh Shrine, popular with artists looking for inspiration and those seeking wisdom or fortune (both outside CentralWorld). Others include the Indra Shrine (Amarin Plaza), Narayana Statue (outside the Intercontinental Hotel) and the Goddess Lakshmi Statue (4th floor, Gaysorn).
One of Bangkok's most prestigious temples, Wat Pathumanaram, is also here (Rama I Road). It houses the ashes of Prince Mahidol, father of both King Rama XIII and IX (H.M. King Bumibol Adulyadej), and those of H.M. the King's mother. Visitors can join meditation sessions early morning, or visit throughout the day.
Throughout the year, Ratchaprasong is also the scene of colourful events and activities, nearly all of which are free to attend. Highlights include end-of-season sales in January and around June/July, the annual New Year's Eve Countdown (when around 100,000 people flock here to enjoy live music and entertainment), and many fashion shows, promotions and fairs spread throughout the year. The CentralWorld Square often puts on concerts and festivals.Read More
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace Morning Excursion
- Floating Markets Cycling & Boat Tour
- Private Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Safari World & Marine Park Full-Day Tour With Buffet Lunch
- Muay Thai Live Performance
All Attractions in Ratchaprasong
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
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Location: 999/9 Rajdamri Road, in front of CentralWorld
- BTS: Chidlom
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