My favourite temples and shrines in Bangkok.

The temple (called a "wat" in Thai) is a holy place, and there are specific rules to be observed on temple grounds. Read more about do and don't in a Thai temple on the Sidebar >>>

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine (ศาลเจ้าแม่ทับทิม)

On the grounds of the Nai Lert Hotel, this shrine was originally dedicated to the female spirit Tuptim. As the legend goes, a woman who prayed to the shrine for a baby conceived shortly thereafter, and returned after the birth with a statue of a carved penis to thank the spirit. Over the years many women who wanted to conceive have donated penises to the shrine, so that there's a whole collection of stone, wooden, ceramic, and plastic penises in all shapes, colours and sizes, and the shrine is now known as a shrine of fertility. [Somkid Road, grounds of the Nai Lert Hotel (Swissotel)] More photos

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