3 Must See Attractions in Chidlom and Ploenchit
Bangkok is a labyrinth of alleys, snaking streets, markets, pop-up shops and shopping malls. And when one wants to escape the chaos, there are plenty of little parks to take some shade, and catch your breath. Lumpini Park on Wireleess Road is a hub for those looking to experience Bangkok’s greener side, and it happens to be right next to one of the most popular areas of the city, the Chidlom-Ploenchit district. This is not necessarily the place to go if you’re looking for sights, however, it’s a great place to mingle with locals, do some great shopping and most importantly, visit some of the city’s most beautiful and most beloved shrines.
While Chidlom-Ploenchit may not be dotted with regal palaces or ancient ruins, there are a few shrines that are worth visiting. Ganesha, born of Parvati and Shiva, is worshipped for his wisdom and intellect. Thai’s and international visitors flock to his feet to be blessed for all sorts of reasons, including prosperity, creativity and success in life or in business. Be sure to stop by to receive your own blessing for the success of your journey.
Thailand may be predominantly Buddhist, but it is also the intersection of a number of religions and spiritual beliefs. Here, belief systems don’t clash, but meld together symbiotically at times. The Erawan Shrine is a Brahman shrine, and not just for Buddhist worshippers. Just over six decades ago, there were plans to erect the Erawan Hotel. Because if the deep spiritual beliefs of the workers, the Thai government had difficulty motivating the workers to break ground because they felt they were being disrespectful. After much consultation, a spectacular likeness of the Brahma God Tao Mahaprom was cast, gilded and placed in the spot it is now.
This is hailed as one of the most unique cultural experiences one can have in Bangkok, and if you happen to be in the Chidlom-Ploenchit district on a Thursday night, bring your camera and watch one of the most beautiful informal ceremonies in the country. Single men and women descend on the shrine, wearing red, with red roses in hand, hoping to meet their soulmate. Located directly in front of the CentralWorld Mall, the shrine is representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.