Photography Corner – Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine

The Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine is a small fertility shrine, located in a hidden area behind the Swissotel hotel in central Bangkok. The shrine is named after a tree goddess – a female spirit that is said to bless those that worship her. Within the shrine there are many (numbering over 100 in total) phallic carvings spread throughout, a symbol that is widely known as good luck for fertility. Women across Southeast Asia come to bless and worship at this shrine in the hopes of becoming pregnant.

Finding the Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine can prove to be slightly difficult if you do not know where to look. The easiest way is to go directly to the Swissotel hotel, which is right on Wireless Rd., off of the Ploenchit BTS station. If you ask one of the very friendly security guards where the shrine is they will happily point you in the correct direction, down next to the garages where you might just miss it if you don’t keep your eyes peeled.

The great thing about this location is that it is right next to the Chao Phraya River. Close by there is a pier where you can hop on a river boat taxi to other beautiful destinations throughout Bangkok.

Katie Davos, research intern


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