Yaksha Images of Thailand

All the Legends, Myths and Mysteries

Mythical Beast stands tall at Wat Phra Kaew Temple


Many of the Yaksha Images of Thailand are seen as enormous grimacing giants sporting brightly coloured faces and attire. They almost always tower above the entrances to temple complexes such as those found at Wat Phra Kaew. Many can also be found at various other places around the country.

There are several impressive examples of these super structures (some as tall as six metres) to be viewed in the departure hall of the new Subvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. 

Thailand is not only a land full of myths, legends and fairy tales, but superstitious conduct also cannot be completely ruled out. Fact or fiction, it may come as no surprise for you stumble upon a few of these bizarre creatures at various stages of your travel. It's really all about ancient mysticism confronting modern madness.


Giant Yaksha at Subvarnabhumi Airport


It is thought that this particular mythical creature may have been conceived as a kind of Hindu supernatural being and in all probability, had its origin among the early indigenous peoples of India. Though they are mostly inoffensive, they have been known to be a little troublesome at times. They also seem to have been somewhat analogous to the fairies of other countries.

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Monkey Warriors at Wat Phra Kaew Temple


More Mythical Creatures you may like to try

Naga is a serpent-like protector of Buddha.  Read More...

Garuda is a mythical birdlike creature in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Read More...

Kinnari appears in the form of a half-woman and half-bird. Read More...

Apsonsi appears in the form of a half-woman and half-lion Read More...

Makara in ancient Hindu mythology is seen as aquatic monsters made up either as a part serpent, part crocodile and part elephant. Read More...

Erawan is a three-headed mythical elephant of Hindu origin. The elephant statue seen in the photo is located in the province of Samut Prakan just outside Bangkok. Read More...

Hongsa is often seen as a glittering five metre tall swan-like figure gracing the prow of a royal barge or perched high on the apex of temple roofs. Read More...

Singha has a lion-like figure whose primary function is to guard the temples. Read More...


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