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Central Chidlom has many things to do and see, as it is one of Bangkok’s best places to visit. Chidlom features upscale shopping malls and beautiful temples. Furthermore, other attractions include ice skating and horseracing, which surprise many visitors. Here, we have a guide to visiting Chidlom, Bangkok for your consideration below.

A Complete Guide To Chidlom, Bangkok

1. Erawan Shrine

This Hindu shrine features Than Tao Mahaprom, Thailand’s Brahman God. Believers say Than Tao Mahaprom is a sympathetic, kind, and impartial god. As the shrine sits in the middle of shopping areas, it is easy to stop and visit. The shrine also hosts Thai dance performances that shine a light into ancient Brahman times. Moreover, the shrine is literally in Bangkok’s centre. Here, worldwide visitors flock to the site yearly.

Location: Ratchadamri Rd, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Erawan Shrine in Bangkok - Hindu Shrine in Chidlom – Go Guides

Erawan Shrine

2. Trimurti Shrine

This shrine features the God of love, Trimurti, which prompts many singles to show up every evening at 9:30 pm wearing red clothing. Here, they pay their respects to Trimurti, by offering red roses, with the hopes that it will help them meet their everlasting lover. Moreover, many believe that the God helps match foreigners with Thai partners. Therefore, many visitors crowd the shrine on Thursday nights, hoping their respects will yield romance.

As Trimurti also represents Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, the actual gold statue is that of a human body with 2 heads and 4 arms. The shrine was built in 1989 and sits on a raised platform that is sheltered by a dome sitting on 4 pillars. Moreover, the pillars feature carved gables that are quite elaborate. Additionally, the shrine was crafted in classical Indian sculpture, but features a Thai influence. The shrine is actually a replica of the one in the ancient city of Ayutthaya.

Location: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Trimurti Shrine in Bangkok - A Landmark and Shrine of Love in Bangkok – Go Guides

Trimurti Shrine

3. Horseracing at The Royal Bangkok Sports Club

Horse lovers will enjoy this attraction as crowds flock to the races, shouting ‘Chok Dee,’ or ‘lucky’ in English, on the final lap of the race. Despite betting being illegal in Thailand, placing bets on horses is not considered taboo. Furthermore, horse racing is considered a prestigious sport, as it attracts those in the hi-so (high society). Moreover, such elite sports club members have access to other facilities like swimming pools, golf courses, tennis and more.

As most Bangkok sports clubs are not accepting new members, the public is allowed to attend horseracing events, which are held every 2nd Sunday. The sports club also hosts about 26 races each year, with 4 cups: Ram Rakop Cup, the Royal Darby Cup, Chairman’s Cup, and the Phraya Pradipatpubal Cup.

Location: 1 Henri Dunant Road, Pathumwan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Horse Racing in Bangkok | Tourist Bangkok | Royal Bangkok Sports Club

Royal Bangkok Sports Club

4. Wat Pathum Wanaram

King Rama IV built this beautiful temple in 1857, and it features rare examples of ancient craftsmanship that includes ornate stencils and lacquered sculptures. Furthermore, the temple is located between Central World Plaza and Siam Paragon Mall. Thus, the temple’s location is indicative of how Bangkok fuses the ancient buildings with modern ones. Regardless, its white walls and clean architecture make it a great sight to visit in Central Chidlom.

Location: 969 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Wat Pathum Wanaram - Temple in Bangkok - Thousand Wonders

Wat Pathum Wanaram

5. The Rink Ice Arena at Central World

This unique ice arena is inside the 2nd floor of Central World Shopping Mall. Here, the entire family can enjoy a bit of cold, icy fun while being surrounded by clothing shops. However, if you aren’t a pro at ice skating, you need not worry as practice penguins are available for beginners to help them balance. Moreover, if you are interested in learning, you can join the “Elite Learn to Skate” course. The course lasts for 5 weeks and includes 10 classes that will have you learning from professionals.

Location: CentralWorld, 99/9 Rama I Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

The Rink Ice Arena (Central World) — Peekaboo BKK - Kids playgroups, activities, parties and information in Bangkok

The Rink Ice Arena (Central World)

From temples to sporting activities, visitors will undoubtedly find many exciting attractions in central Chidlom. And, one thing that surprises visitors is how such attractions offer a glimpse into how Bangkok has developed while keeping its ancient culture intact.

 

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