5 bizarre sights in Bangkok
1) Wat Hua Krabeu
The eccentric abbot here, who formerly started an automotive garage for old Mercedes on the premises, has since turned his temple into a memorial for the water buffalo, which is in danger of extinction. The abbot gathers buffalo skulls here, which he intends to use to build a giant shrine and museum. It’s one of Bangkok’s oddest temples.
2) Chao Mae Tubtim
Women come here to pray prior to becoming pregnant. The shrine is also known as the phallus or penis shrine. It is set in a garden, and features hundreds of wooden phalluses of all sizes and shapes placed in offering, as the goddess of the shrine is a fertility spirit.
3) David Beckham Statue
During the 1998 World Cup, a Thai sculptor paid homage to the Thai mania for football, creating a gold statue of David Beckham, which was installed at the Wat Pariwas Temple. The temple’s abbot was fine with this, saying: “Football is like a religion and has millions of followers!”
4) The Ghost Tower
This weird building started off as a luxury condominium but went bankrupt during the Southeast Asian financial crisis and was never finished. Locals claim that it is haunted, after years of squatters and derelicts, followed by thrill seekers who would bribe guards to climb and make videos.
5) Forensic Museum
It’s macabre, informative, and most certainly one of Bangkok’s most unique attractions. The Forensic and Pathology museum here is a learning lab for forensic students at Siriraj University Hospital, and features mummified corpses of murderers and accident victims along with body parts, skeletons, and genetically mutated babies that sit floating in jars of formaldehyde.
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