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ERAWAN SHRINE

BUDDHISM IN DAILY LIFE.

The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 after the real events. At the time, workers on a hotel building site were dying and other disasters occurring. Rumour had it that these misfortunes occurred because building had begun on an unfavourable date. It was decided that a temple would be built to ward off the bad luck. The tragedies stopped happening. The place then became a sacred place where believers come to pray. History repeated itself in 2006 when a maniac attacked the statue of Buddha with a hammer. Believers who were present at the time beat him to death. This temple is proof of how linked daily life and religion are in Thailand.

Photo credits: Thieery Ollivier / Musée Guimet

The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 after the real events. At the time, workers on a hotel building site were dying and other disasters occurring. Rumour had it that these misfortunes occurred because building had begun on an unfavourable date. It was decided that a temple would be built to ward off the bad luck. The tragedies stopped happening. The place then became a sacred place where believers come to pray. History repeated itself in 2006 when a maniac attacked the statue of Buddha with a hammer. Believers who were present at the time beat him to death. This temple is proof of how linked daily life and religion are in Thailand.

Photo credits: Thieery Ollivier / Musée Guimet

ADDRESS

Erawan Shrine

494 Ratchadamri Road

10100 Bangkok

THAILAND

PHONE NUMBER

00 66 2 225 7612

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