Bangkok is full of wonderful sights, it is rich with interesting culture but little is advertised about the strange sights of Bangkok.
So, most people don’t come to Bangkok to see a bunch of dicks – lets face it, you can probably see that all at home…. but here lays hundreds of penises, made of wood and stone. Women will often visit this shrine when they are trying to conceive, leaving offerings of lotus and jasmine and if rumours are true, the shrine has a very 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.
It is well known for the giant Three-headed Elephant on the roof, measuring at 29 metres high and 39 metres long. Construction was started in 1994 but it has only recently been completed. The three stories inside the elephant contain antiquities and priceless collections of ancient religious objects belonging to Khun Lek Viriyapant who is the museum owner.
“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 the people with a fascination for the weird. It has actual 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’d 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 “Justonewayticket.com” write a great article about this building including some fantastic pictures!