They come in different sizes, from the size of one’s palm to huge ones, standing 10 feet in height and painted in different colors. Don’t blush though, but these wooden penises, offerings left by usually female devotees, are there, crowded under the spirit tree or placed near the spirit house while larger ones, those that are as tall as a man, stand proudly, erect, err, at attention.
The Tuptim Shrine is dedicated to Chao Mae Tuptim, whose devotees visit and offer wooden penises for good luck or for fertility. It was built in the early 20th century when a Thai businessman, Nai Lert found a spirit house floating in the river and placed it in this area, Nai Lert Park. Thais also consider the phallus as a good luck charm.
Don’t expect to find a temple. Here, you will only find a typical sized spirit tree amongst a well paved path and a few trees, including a huge one, a spirit tree, because of the colored cloth tied around it. Underneath are wooden figures of elephtants and smaller sized phallus.
GETTING THERE: If you are commuting, the Tumtip shrine is between Chit Lom and Ploen Chit BTS with the former the closest to it. From the BTS, just walk to the direction of Swissotel Bangkok. The shrine is located behind the hotel.