Weird : “Demons” statues at airport bring bad luck to “shopkeepers”

Fed up with Thaksin ? Enough of Abhisit ? And all the other clowns ? Have a drink and some “weird-bigotery” appetizer.


Twelve “demon statues” at Suvarnabhumi airport believed to have brought bad luck to shopkeepers will be moved at a cost of one million baht.

The guardian spirit statues will be shifted from the inner zone of the passenger terminal to the check-in area to “improve morale” of people working at the airport.

Suvarnabhumi director Niran Thiranartsin said the sculptures were modelled on 12 statues at the Grand Palace. […]

Mr Niran admitted the decision to relocate the figures from the inner part of the passenger terminal had partly resulted from complaints from staff working in the inner zone which has many shops.

The shopkeepers are blaming the “demon statues” for the problems they have faced at the airport, which was seized late last year by demonstrators and supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. (Bangkok Post)

It’s totally surreal ! I love it.

To move those statues, why not. But what is striking is the justification… AOT and King Power employees (?) have “problems”, so they blame the statues, so the management agrees to move them.

Why not blaming incompetence, corruption, the recession ? Of course not. The statues are a much better choice, target. šŸ˜‰

Just another perfectly normal day in Thailand…

20 Responses to “Weird : “Demons” statues at airport bring bad luck to “shopkeepers””

  1. 1 Pricilla 11 November 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Yes TC, this a priceless article with overtures that are so Thai centric. Don’t blame the ripoffs, bad service, overpricing, falling tourist numbers, it must be the statues bringing bad luck. Love it.

  2. 2 Lord HAHA 11 November 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Reminds one of a scene from 3rd Rock From The Sun S04 E16- Superstitious Dick when Dick looks toward superstitious rituals and lucky charms for help.

    Play from 8:17 onwards.

  3. 3 bodhisattva 11 November 2009 at 9:37 pm

    For anyone going to Thailand, even thinking about doing business in Thailand or having anything to do with the ThaiĀ“s, this is a must read article.

    They always refuse to look at things as they truly are but look instead for scapegoats to cover up for their own incompetence.

    The ThaiĀ“s totally distort the Buddhist religion too and can not be consider Buddhist by any standards.

    This article, the view presented there, exposes the Thai logic 100%.

    Is there any wonder that the whole world is in grave doubt about the court system in this country and their ability to see right from wrong?

  4. 4 David 11 November 2009 at 10:56 pm

    In regard to solving the many scams, rackets and extortion schemes that exist in and around the King Power Duty Free area at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and the question of whether or not these problems can be solved by moving large inanimate objects………….

    King Power which controls all of the Duty Free Shops at Bangkok Airport is presently and since the airport has opened has always been illegally occupying about twice the square meters they are contractually entitled to and which the airport architects allocated for the Duty Free Shops and restaurants.

    King Power’s illegal and “non-paid” (at least to AOT, that is)use of twice the square meters they have contracted for is based on King Power’s relationship with the presently ruling Democrat Party to which they are a major contributor of financial resources as well as their long and ongoing relationship with the “banned in name only” Huey Long-style politician Newin whose group was instrumental in installing the Democrat Party into power.

    So for starters, we all have to understand that in the Thai System, King Power is “untouchable” and “not required to follow” any known laws or contracts or rules. This fact will probably not be changed by moving large inanimate objects.

    Aside from the occasional actual tourist shoplifter (there must be a few at least dumb enough to try this at Bangkok Airport), the Duty Free Shop scams take the following forms.

    One, when the unsuspecting mark (ie., “customer”) purchases and pays for an item, it is put in a bag along with some other item he has not purchased. When the “customer” then leaves the boundary of the shop, he is stopped by a security person, who checks the contents of his/her bag against the receipt, revealing at least one item that has not been “paid for”. BAM!, straight off to the interrogation venue, missed flight, passport seized, threats of months waiting around Thailand for the trial…..unless…let’s guess 50,000 to 100,000 Baht is paid to “facilitate” the case.

    Two, the mark/customer is browsing through the contiguous shops which have no walls or visually designated boundaries between them. He/she picks up an item, say a box of perfume, and continues drifting around, looking for some other item (say a bottle of whiskey). A security person grabs the unknowing “shoplifter”, tells him/her they have “left” the shop where the item was to be paid for, ie., they have “stolen” the item. BAM!, straight off to the interrogation venue, missed flight, passport seized, threats of months waiting around Thailand for the trial…..unless…let’s guess 50,000 to 100,000 Baht is paid to “facilitate” the case.

    Now calculate the amount of margin on a box of perfume or a bottle of whiskey. Compare that relatively small margin with the “margin” on the 50,000 to 100,000 Bath “facilitation” fee. And the high degree of motivation the “shoplifter” has to get to his flight and get the hell out of Thailand. It’s easy money and until the recent wave of international publicity, there was no reason to stop………..

    While the interrogation method is being adjusted (interrogation room on the Airport premises instead of a building outside the airport), the basic structure of the Bangkok Airport’s Duty Free Shop system will remain the same, despite moving the large inanimate objects.

    The absolute best advice to any person passing through the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is thus: Do not purchase anything in the Duty Free Shopping Area. Do not set foot in the Duty Free Shopping Area. Avoid any contact with the Duty Free Shopping Area.

    And, as a side note, in regard to taxi service at the Bangkok Airport, the best advice is to continue to disregard the large inanimate objects and follow the signs to the 1st floor Designated Public Taxi area, get in line, get your little registration for a taxi chit and take a designated taxi. Or even better, once the new Airport to Bangkok hi-speed train is operating, take the train (only 15 minutes to Petchaburi/Asoke)!

    for an insightful view of King Power’s position in the Thailand scheme of things go to the Bangkok Post article about a King Power 20th anniversary celebration linked below:

    The title chosen for the King Power bash, “Wonderous Power: The Blissful Journey” could not have been more appropriate as was the event’s highlight, a 3D laser presentation titled: “The Voyage of Wonderous Power”……..

    Among the “guests showing respect” to King Power’s Founder and CEO, Vichai Raksriaksorn, (Number 21 on the Thailand Richest List with estimated fortune of about 200 million USD) were:

    Vice Prime Minster Suthep (the iron fist beneath Abhisit’s velvet glove)

    General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin. (the man led the coup which overthrew the elected government of Thaksin)

    Prawit Wongsuwan, Minister of Defence (in charge of the Thai Military)

    Sohpon Zarum, Minister of Transport (a “Friend of Newin”)

    General San Sarutanond, Thailand Police Chief

    Dr. Thanong Bidaya, ex-Minister of Finance and ex-President Thai Military Bank

    Srisakul Promphan, Mistress of Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Suthep (not his wife despite their acknowleged children and therefore not required, unlike Thaksin’s wife, to have her assets and business interests included in Suthep’s assets declarations)

    Anuthin Charnweerakul, Deputy Minister of Public Health, a “Friend of Newin” who was instrumental in gettng Newin to put Abhisit in power, and son of Interior Minister Chaovarat Charnweerakul

    Supornthip Chuangrungsee, Thailand’s Queen of Public Relations

    Nat Myria, Famous Thai Pop Star

    Grace Mahadumrongkul, Famous Thai Actress

    as well as the usual complement from Thailand’s Hi-So and Zillionaire group………..

  5. 5 A democrat 12 November 2009 at 1:54 am

    These statues are replicas of statues at the Grand Palace, and the airport staff is complaining about them? Isn’t that a case of lese majeste?

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 12 November 2009 at 2:53 am

    Right Democrat : it’s an obvious case of lese majeste ! šŸ˜‰
    Let’s charge the whole AOT and King Power staff.

  7. 7 bodhisattva 12 November 2009 at 5:18 am

    Hun Sen said in his letter regarding disrespecting Thailand’s judicial system:

    There is nothing in the Thai judicial system that is worth respecting. In the past Khieu Samphan, Nuan Chea was residing in Cambodia before they relocate to Cambodia. This was not only a violation of international laws and norms, Thailand even endorse Khmer Rogue and the peace process. I want the Thai people to know that the government don’t even respect international law and so how can we even respect Thai judicial system?

    How true is this statement by Hun Sen?

    Thaskin is nothing but a political prisoner living in exile. The mistake by the present, non-democratic, government is to keep hunting him and make him lose more face.

    What did they expect?

    First they coup him when he is away, a democratically chosen leader of his country, then they freeze his assets, then they judge him guilty when heĀ“s absent to give their former illegal actions credibility, then they try to hunt him down like an animal and ruin his dignity as well!

    This is the result.

    Total loss of face for ThailandĀ“s elite and the Monarchy, and increasing the likelihood of a bloodbath within a few weeks.

    Then the Thai ambassador in London tries to explain to the stupid farangĀ“s in Europe (the whole world) how in Thailand black is white and white is black.

    See here:

    There he lies about the role of Thaskin and his former and current status and never mentions the obvious fact relating to this matter.

    What is wrong with these people? They can expect us to be silent in Thailand about our views but they can not silence the views of people who donĀ“t live in the center of the world (Thailand).

  8. 8 David Brown 12 November 2009 at 10:27 am

    I presume King Power want to occupy the floor space that is “unfairly” occupied by the statues

    or is this just a western capitalist reason for inventing superstitious stories?

  9. 9 Chheangly 12 November 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I guess Abhisit’s people are now putting their heads together thinking of the next scapegoats. I can’t wait to hear more and more surprising excuses. hahaha

  10. 10 Rockderk 12 November 2009 at 4:46 pm

    So AOT obviously concurs with King Power that it’s the statues that have kept the tills from ringing quite as much as they would have liked. Sure, we can move them to the check-in counters where they can bring bad luck to the departing passengers. Good idea guys.

  11. 11 levfra 12 November 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Poor Thailand. I lived 7 years here before moving one year ago to Cambodia.
    However I have to go to my contry (France) 3 or 4 times a year.
    After beeing a Frequent flyer (gold) with Thai for 10 years, I start tu use Ethiad.
    But I steal have to go through thailand to come back home with the risck of closure of the border.
    I Have now decide to boycot completly Thailand and I will fly with Singapour Airline avoiding Swampy airport and Thailand.
    I remember Few years ago when i Was thinking that i would never leave Thailand ….
    i Will nver Buy something at king Power, because on the top of their ripooff , all the products they sold are more expensive than in in standard shop in my country.
    I will not be counted anymore as a Tourist (4 times in a year) in the TOT Statistics
    Good luck to those who choose to stay in the land of scams.

  12. 12 fall 12 November 2009 at 7:49 pm

    @Democrat and ThaiCrisis

    Looking at the leaf and missing the forest?
    The company name itself should warrant a 7-generation beheading.

    Why it can turn an airport into shopping mall, the name says it all…

  13. 13 Bedwyr 13 November 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I am getting reports that is unavailable from Thailand and the call is being referred to

    Yet another Thai blow for freedom of speech if it is true.

    WTF are they afraid of? Opinion? Whatever it is they are scared shitless.

    How does it feel to be a threat to Thai national security TC?

  14. 14 Effervescent 13 November 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Believe in supernatural power is a common thing for most Thais.

    This is not a blame game, just stupid belief of King Power staffs and AOT managements.

  15. 15 ThaiCrisis 14 November 2009 at 1:31 am

    The report seems baseless. My blog is viewable from Thailand.

  16. 16 Bedwyr 14 November 2009 at 9:34 am


    Not from TOT connections it isn’t. Apparently TOT connections are being re-routed to and have been for a few days.

    Still, I don’t know why they bother, a simple connection to a proxy does the trick…

    Back home at the comedy shop that is Thailand, Prawzse says today that Thailand should work with Cambodia, noting: “He urged Thais to view the Cambodians with kindness as Thailand is like an adult while Cambodia is a child. Thailand has more population, greater military might and economic power, he said.”

    Seems like patronising might be a good approach now then?

    And from the Bangkok Post: “… we are a light-fingered nation of copycats, lacking in conscience and creativity.”



  17. 17 Marvo 14 November 2009 at 10:13 am

    “My blog is viewable from Thailand.” Phewwww!

    Which makes me wonder, if TC does ever mysteriously disappear (from inside Thailand, buddha forbid), are there any tricks we can implement here from LOS to get round the mict block?

    This blog is the ONLY thing that keeps me sane in this crazy country.

  18. 18 George P Tuckeer 15 November 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Marvo, do a google search on “proxy server” and you’ll find many ways to bypass any blockage by any government against any site. The Chinese government have put billions in infrastructure, manpower, technology, repressive laws, fear tactics, intrusive spying, explicit repressive action and have still not succeeded in blocking citizens from the Net if those citizens really wanted to visit.

    Thailand, with it’s piddling budged and bungling ways has no hope of blocking citizens from perusing the truth on their own. Too bad more Thais aren’t making the effort to do so. They’re too busy on Hi5.

  19. 19 llothar 19 November 2009 at 8:50 am

    @George: They are just more stupid then even the Burmese.
    They prosecute the use of proxies. And it is pretty easy to find out who is using proxies from a central place like the CAT interconnect point in BKK and Phuket.

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