BANGKOK, 2 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) are jointly promoting new walking tours in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong shopping district.
The first in the series is the Ratchaprasong Shrine and Culture Walk, which encourages people to discover eight Hindu shrines.
TAT executive director of events Department Thapanee Kiatphaibool said: “The Ratchaprasong Shrine and Culture Walk will encourage tourists to discover local experiences… These walks show that even in the most modern areas of Bangkok, there is something for everyone from shoppers to seeking the more spiritual side of the city.”
The urban walks around Ratchaprasong have been made easier by sky-bridges and walkways that link 18 popular tourist spots such as shopping malls, hotels and dining venues.
The eight Hindu shrines in the Ratchaprasong area offer glimpses of local tradition and age-old beliefs and ceremonies that take place in the centre of modern Bangkok.
The Erawan Shrine, built in 1958 in the grounds of the former Erawan Hotel is the best known of the Ratchaprasong shrines where there are daily displays of traditional Thai dancing. Other shrines were constructed by the owners of shopping malls and hotels following the tradition of the original Erawan Shrine, constructed to ward off evil spirits after an accident during the hotel’s construction. The newer shrines are: Narayana Statue at the InterContinental Bangkok Hotel; the shrines of Ganesha and Trimurti in front of CentralWorld; Goddess Uma Devi in front of Big C; the Lakshmi Shrine at Gaysorn Plaza; the Indra Shrine at Amarin Plaza, and the newest shrine, the four-faced Thao Jatulokbal deity, which can be found in Gaysorn Village.
There are plans for a “Ratchaprasong Flavour Walk”, which takes in some of the fine dining in the area and a “Ratchaprasong Shopping Walk” that will highlight some of the malls and shops on what has been called “The Longest Shopping Route” in the world.