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Bangkok is a modern city of skyscrapers. Within sight are also some traditional markets that have survived modernization.

Given Bangkok's hot weather and notorious traffic, planners built numerous bridges to keep people off street-level, with various entrances to the malls and hotels that line the street. Shielded from the sun but not from the heat, it was a welcome compromise to navigating the traffic-choked streets below.

From one of these bridges, the Erawan Shrine's crowds can be readily photographed. This Hindu shrine was built in response to a series of mishaps at the adjacent Grand Hyatt during construction in the 1950's. Today's shrine has been renovated following a religious attack in 2006 by a Muslim man.

Central World even has a shrine outside the mall entrance.

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