THAILAND BANGKOK - ERAWAN SHRINE

There are many temples in Bangkok but none are quite like the Erawan Shrine located adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. The temple is in the middle of downtown Bangkok and next to a major road intersection and numerous shopping centres and the overhead railway system. The temple houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of Brahma, the Hindu God of creation.

The Erawan Shrine is one of my favourite locations to visit especially late in the afternoon as workers come to pay their respects on there journey home and as the sun is setting. Despite its downtown location you do seem to feel a sense of calm when you walk through the gates. Spend an hour or two there and walking the streets outside where they sell flowers and you should get some good images.

Below is a selection of black and white images mainly taken in 2002 and 2004. In 2015, I landed at Bangkok Airport to discover just a few hours before a bomb had been detonated at the Shrine killing 20 people and injuring 125. Two days later the Shrine was re-opened and I visited it a couple of times that week to get a few images. The colour images are after the bomb and you can see a lot of the damage to the area and hotel wall and signs behind the Shrine.