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Furthermore, the Ratchaprasong Intersection had once been used to put criminals on public display.

An astrologer advised building the shrine to counter the negative influences. The Brahma statue was designed and built by the Department of Fine Arts and enshrined on 9 November 1956.

The hotel's construction thereafter proceeded without further incident. In 1987, the hotel was demolished and the site used for the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.

In the early hours of 21 March 2006, the shrine was vandalised by a Thai man believed to be mentally ill.

After smashing the statue with a hammer, 27-year-old Thanakorn Pakdeepol was himself beaten to death by angry bystanders. Two street sweepers who worked for the Pathum Wan district office were arrested and charged with the fatal beating.

Also located in Pathum Wan are Royal Bangkok Sports Club, a horse racing track operating every other Saturday, the National Stadium, the Lumphini Boxing Stadium where traditional Thai boxing matches are held, and Lumphini Park, the first park in Bangkok.

Every year around Christmas and New Year, shopping centres, hotels and sidewalks in the Ratchaprasong shopping district are heavily decorated with lights celebrating the event. It was started by Peninsular Plaza and The Regent hotel, and later expanded to Sogo ( now out of business ), Amarin Plaza, Central World, Central Chit Lom, Gaysorn and more.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also provides lights along the BTS Sky train pillars. During the period, it is the brightest lit area of Bangkok. The countdown is held on the ground in front of Central World.


Pathum Wan  and Ratchaprasong is a exciting area of Bangkok in Thailand.

Silom Sky Train Track to Mo Chit at Ratchaprasong, Pathumwan, Bangkok.

Gaysorn Plaza Shopping Mall