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Unusual Sights in Bangkok – City of Many 'Quirky' Splendours

Bangkok is a city famous the world over; it is well known for the usual touristy lures and home to the lesser known quirky attractions. Read on and you will understand just how unusual Bangkok is.


The Phallic Shrine

Head over to the Shrine of fertility Goddess Tubtim, and you will be amazed at the number of phallic symbols scattered around the place. If you are into quirky attractions this is given top ranking; the symbols varying in size are an offering to the gods for fertility. Women hoping to conceive visit the shrine and return with an offering of a carved wooden phallus as thanks to answered prayers.


Erawan Museum

The Erawan Museum is a fascinating monument of a building, resplendent with a giant three headed elephant statue on its roof. The elephant is the first thing you set sights on when visiting the museum; after all towering at a height of 29 metres the statue is hard to miss. It weighs a staggering 250 tons and is 39 metres long. Made up of a greenish copper the building took a total of 10 years to complete. The imposing beast represents the Hindu mythological creature Airavata also called Erawan. The main halls are housed within the belly of the creature and are made up of three floors that well represent the Thai Cosmos. Housed within the building are eastern antiques, symbolic religious artefacts and some very vivid décor. If you are into mythology and unusual artefacts the museum is a definite must visit.


The Forensic Museum

This is an attraction that's not for the faint of heart. The Forensic Museum is known as Bangkok's own hall of horrors and is home to genetically deformed babies, human body parts and many more freakish displays. The museum is made up of various units such as the Pathology and Forensics Museum. There you will see genetically deformed babies preserved in formaldehyde, many forms of parasites that affect the human body and many types of tape worm. The Songkran Nyomsane Forensic Medicine Museum is much more passionate displaying bodies of accident victims and mass murderers; definitely some of the most unusual sights in Bangkok. If you are intent on shopping and sightseeing it is worth to consider a Bangkok hotel well based close to public transport options and shopping precincts of Sukhumvit and Siam, just 15 minutes by taxi from the AVANI Atrium Bangkok.


The David Beckham Temple

If you are a fan of David Beckham or rib tickling attractions do head over to the Wat Pariwat. The rather inconspicuous building is made famous due to its nickname – David Beckham Temple. If you are wondering why a temple would be so named, take a look at the alter and gold Garuda carvings skirting its fringe; you will notice than one of the traditional Garuda figurines has been replaced by a David Beckham style sculpture. The representation is not a 100% accurate but you can tell who the celebrity is from the iconic 'Sharp' sponsorship logo on the t-shirt.


The Elephant Building

Located in Chatuchak the Elephant Building is an iconic landmark that is very much a part of the Bangkok landscape. There are three towers belonging to the building that take the shape of an elephant; Thailand's national animal.