Thursday, 26 February 2015

Religious places on Ratchadapisek road

Religious places on Ratchadapisek road

Ganesh shrine พระพิฆเนษ

Location:
13°46'42.7"N 100°34'24.0"E 13.778537, 100.573342
In the north-western corner of Huai Khwang Junction แยกห้วยควาง (where Ratchadaphisek รัชดาภิเษก and Pracha Songkhro ประชาสงเคราะห็ cross), take exit 4 from MRT Huai Khwang, turn 180 degree and walk 50 meter.

Outside view blocked by umbrellas during daytime:




  
but free view and illuminated at night:





At night the place is busy with worshippers, lottery ticket sellers and fortune tellers, and there is street food around. 

More inside:



He looks scary, the sign reads: บรมครูผู้เรืองเวช อธิษฐรนขอพรตามที่ท่านปรารถนา (The big teacher who has many magic words/spells, make meditation/attention in mind and when you are ready, ask for the best/good thing/health/goodness as you wish). Thanks to a Thai friend for translation/explanation.

 
Zebras at Bodhi tree on Ratchada curve
(Don't know if that place has an official name)

Location:
13°49'16.6"N 100°34'29.1"E 13.821272, 100.574748
In the median at the entrance of Ratchadaphisek Soi 36 รัชดาภิเษก ซอย 36, at the northern end of Chandrakasem Rajabhat University มหาวิทยาลัยราชภัฏจันทรเกษม.

I drove past in a bus or taxis several times and noticed large numbers of zebras around the tree on the median of Ratchadaphisek road (excuse poor quality of picture:


but when I went recently they were all gone:

Officials to clean-up '100-death Ratchada Curve' shrine
http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/01/08/officials-clean-100-death-ratchada-curve-shrine  
BKK Authorities Undeterred By 'Curse' of Ratchapisek Road
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1420638461&typecate=06&section=
Zebras, Questions, and the Chao Mae Tiger Shrine
http://womenlearnthai.com/index.php/zebras-questions-and-the-chao-mae-tiger-shrine/

Here pictures of the place after clean-up (nearby mocy taxi drivers don't know where the zebras were taken):



The signs translates: Do not deposit zebras in this area. (Ratchadaphisek is busy all time, even at night it is dangerous to cross.)



View from pedestrian overpass:



There are similar places (animal statue offerings spilling over on the sidewalk) elsewhere (Ramintra Leopard shrine, see "Bangkok off the grid" page 102).
   
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1 comment:

  1. It may look like art, but these statues are just sold along the street closeby here by the dozen. You can also have them renovated there...Those from Buddha are always in orange robes/cloth when transported, the old wise monks just in newspapers.

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