One of the most popular shrines in Bangkok, both for Thais and foreigners, is the Erawan Shrine on the corner of Ratchaprasong Intersection. It is a Hindu shrine that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Brahma. The shrine was built back in 1956 after a series of mishaps and bad luck at the construction site for the Erawan Hotel. Many people believed that bad karma was created by laying the foundation stone on the wrong date. The Brahma statue was designed and built by the Department of Fine Arts and enshrined on 9 November 1956. In 1987, the hotel was demolished and the site used for the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. On 21 March 2006, a man vandalised the shrine and was beaten to death by angry bystanders. Two months after the incident a new Brahma statue was completed and placed in the shrine on 21 May 2006.
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