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Strange Sights of Bangkok

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Bangkok is full of wonderful sights, it is rich with interesting culture but little is advertised about the strange sights of Bangkok.

Phallic Shrine

Here lie hundreds of Penises, made of wood and stone. “Women visit this shrine when they are trying to conceive, leaving offerings of lotus and jasmine. And if rumours can be believed, the shrine has a good success rate.”  It stands on the grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel in the heart of Bangkok.

This sight is kind of funny as the Thai people are usually so conservative with what they wear and how they act, they are also very polite. Conservative other than the sex trade and Ladyboys…. But you can’t judge a culture based on these small parts.

You can get here via the Bangkok Sky Train (BTS), get off of the Chitlom stop.

Erawan Museum

It is well known for the giant Three-headed Elephant on the roof of the . It is 29 metres high and 39 metres long. Construction was started in 1994 but it has only recently been completed. “The three storeys inside the elephant contain antiquities and priceless collections of ancient religious objects belonging to Khun Lek Viriyapant who is the museum owner”

The offical website is here:

Forensic Museum

“Located inside the Siriraj Hospital on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river. The hospital actually features six distinct museums within two separate buildings, but only three of them seem to be of interest – obviously the creepiest ones: The pathology, anatomic forensic museums.”

This museum is for the morbid… or people with a fascination for the weird  It has bodies (including babies) in jars and skulls with bullet holes. As stated by Lonely planet “a bloodied T-shirt from a victim stabbed to death with a dildo” Read more here

They have the bodies of accident and murder victims on display. The Anatomical Museum shows dissected bodies, both adult and babies in jars and display cabinets.Needless to say this place is not for the faint hearted.

Hours of Operation (and I don’t mean the medical kind): Monday to Saturday – 09:00 to 16:00
Cost: 40 baht – free for children ( I wouldn’t take your kids there, they will be scared for life!)

‘Sathorn Unique’ 50-Storey Ghost Skyscraper

We noticed this building while stay at the Shangri-La hotel, It was just behind it. We were told by locals that the owner of the building is not able to be located and that it has sat vacant for 15 years. Apparently no one is able to finish the building until the owner is located – true or not … who knows? It is interesting that in this day and age some investor hasn’t taken it and finished it off. The construction stop in 1997 when the Asian Financial Crisis hit. We didn’t think to go adventuring in this building but others have. Sab from “”  write a great article about this building including fantastic pictures!

Weird Sheep at Asiatique

We headed to Asiatique for an evening of shopping, the easiest way to get there is by water taxi or ferry.


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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!

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  1. Farah

    Hi Sam,

    Great post on Bangkok. That one city I am eager to go to explore Thai Culture. Should find sometime to visit since it’s just a neighboring country.

  2. Travelling King

    Hey Farah!
    Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂
    Bangkok is a world of its own. I would highly highly recommend you visit it at least once in your life!!
    It is an amazing place, temples right in the middle of the city. Everywhere is a buzz no matter the time and it really is the land of smiles!

  3. Andy

    Interesting compilation Sam, definitely a random assortment of unique things to see in Bangkok.

  4. Travelling King

    Thanks Andy!
    Very random right!

  5. Sab

    Thanks for including me here! Great article!

  6. Travelling King

    No Problem thanks for writing a great article!

  7. Judy Thornton

    Wow! I never thought Thailand would have something so out there!
    I’ve recently experienced Thailand myself and I really don’t like it that much but I’m sure there is much more to the place than meets the eye!

    Is there any way I could convince you to to write something for my blog?
    Or some tips on setting up my blog better as I have just started and there is just so much out there?

  8. Travelling King

    Hey Judy!
    Bangkok does have some stuff things as im sure many places do. These places are worth a visit, you are in a foreign country, why not try or see something crazy!
    Oh no! What was it that you didnt enjoy about your trip? I know that Koh Samui was ruined for us by the Mantra but I guess that’s hardly Koh Samui’s fault.

    Contact me via my contact page or travelling_king @ hotmail dot com (just remove the places and change the dot to a .) we can discuss things to help out with your blog.


  9. Gadi & Tun

    We loved the Phallic Shrine 🙂 Very unique place.
    The only question is: Is there similar temple for the men, where they would go to
    worship the vagina? 🙂

  10. Travelling King

    ROFL!! I dont believe there is but who knows!! I wonder if it would be more popular?

  11. Franca

    We’ve been to Bangkok 3 times so far and I cannot believe we missed the Phallic Shrine and the 50-Storey Ghost Skyscraper 🙁
    I have the feeling that one day we will return to BK and we’ll make sure not to miss them, especially the ghostly skyscraper. Thanks for sharing guys! 🙂

  12. Travelling King

    Hey Franca!

    Dont beat yourself up about it, Bangkok is huge and things are easy to miss!

  13. Charles Rahm

    I live in Bangkok and have been to Chit Lom countless times, but never heard of that shrine. Have to check it out! 😉

  14. Travelling King

    Hey Charles

    Ye syou will have to check it out!

  15. A Southern Gypsy

    First stop in Bangkok for me? Phallic Shrine!

  16. Travelling King

    Interesting Sight

  17. Surya Bhattacharya

    Fascinating stuff 😀 I’m planning to visit Thailand soon, totally intrigued 😀

  18. Carina

    Stunning pictures. Love your post, Sam!

  19. Wandering Carol

    I’m kind of obsessed with the penis forest. It’s the home of Chao Mae Tuptin, the goddess who lives in that big ficus tree, the one with all the ribbons. I visit whenever I’m in Bangkok. The forensic museum, however, gives me the creeps. I got really sick after visiting there and blame it entirely. Great obscure sights and a fun post. Thanks.

  20. Travelling King

    Hahaha, thats not something i often hear 🙂 haha!
    It is a very cool collection though!

    The forensic museum isnt for the weak willed, thats for sure. Its pretty sick and twisted

  21. Marta Kulesza

    I wish I would of known about these places before I visited. I ended up having a difficult time in Bangkok, when/if I go back I’ll try and find some of them.

  22. Matjaz

    There are just two options, do you love it or you hate it. I love it. Anyway good post.

  23. Paul and Carole

    Great post will definitely check them out on our next visit. Thanks for sharing!

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