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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CHANG ERAWAN: The Birth of an Urban Legend

There’s this woman who lives outside Bangkok. She travels from the suburbs to the city everyday -- passing by this giant 3-headed elephant statue while it's being built. One day, while on a bus going back home, the woman made a wish to the elephant that if he help her win the lottery… she would have his baby.

Within a week she did in fact win more than a million Baht. And she also became pregnant. By the time the national newspapers heard about it, she was already in hiding.

Another woman made the same wish. But she offered a different promise her virginity. She was found half-dead, genitals shattered and profusely bleeding. Next to her is the winning lottery ticket of the week.

People soon flocked the gates of the compound even before the gigantic elephant statue was finished. Many Thais came to worship -- especially every 1st and 16th day of every month when the winning numbers are announced.

“Chang” means elephant in Thai.Erawan” is the name of the 33-headed elephant of the Hindu God Indra. This is often abbreviated to just 3 heads by artists who depicts the statues.

The Chang Erawan (พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ) is a spectacular place beyond description. It is actually a museum of Thai antiquity. It is now the most famous tourist attraction of Samut Prakan. The elephant alone is almost 100 feet tall and 130 feet long, mounted on a building 10 stories high. Construction took almost 10 years.

Wish granted. Although this is mainly a museum, I think that the building is more interesting than the artifacts it houses. And more interestingly, the prospects of having your wish come true. At the shrine, light incense and offer flowers or fruits. Don’t forget to be specific and set a date; when would you like your wish to come true. And when it does, don’t forget to come back and thank him.

You wanna visit? Chang Erawan will welcome you from the airport on your way to Bangkok. It's along Sukhumvit Road and 20 minutes away from downtown. Taking a cab is the best way to get there. All taxi drivers know where it is. It is open from 8am to 6pm everyday. Entrance fee is 150 Baht (€4, $5, Rm15) and 50 baht for kids. If you don’t wanna go inside the museum and just walk about the compound, it would cost you only 50 Baht.


Be careful of what you wish.

Somebody might be listening.

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*Photo credits: Hartfreid and Krash

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12 Comments:

Twisted Tomato! said...

I'll try wishing myself...How about decreasing the size of my...it gives me embarassment sometimes...heeheee *wink-wink*

Carrie Puyat said...

The size of your...ego?

Anonymous said...

interessant

Twisted Tomato! said...

@ Carrie...maybe baby...just maybe... :p

Googoosh said...

I was shaken the first time I saw this. From the airport on my way to the city, you won't miss this jaw dropping structure. It was amazing!

Tongkat Ali said...

WHOA! VERY INTRIGUING!

Q The Conqueror said...

Verry strange and intriguing... And yes, I still cringe at the image forming in my head of the woman who losing her virginity emerging with the battered genitals O_O

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

I'd only promise to give him 10 percent of what I won. I don't want to be raped by a big elephant.

Jake Tornado said...

Mr. Elephant, I wish that the bad dude who had just bombed the south wing of the Philippine Congress suffer the worst Karma...he had just killed three people (including one congressman) and hurt 11 others...

riain said...

Id wish for peace and prosperity for all in exchange for the elephant's one steamy night with all the corrupt politicians in the world. LOL.

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

You guys need to go there and make your petition. But anyways, JKake and Ryan's wishes are noble...BUT STILL! You guys need to go there! Follow the instructions above.

MischMensch said...

Geil!

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