Bangkok’s “Tubtim” Fertility Shrine aka Penis Ville BKK

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Bangkok’s “Tubtim” Fertility Shrine aka Penis Ville BKK

The Shrine of Goddess Tubtim

A fertility shrine with a strong focus on the male phallus


I’ve seen a lot of peculiar shrines in my time, though none with an overly strong focus on the male phallus. Well, that was until the other day. Upon approaching this tucked away shrine, you are greeted by a garden of clay children figurines  playing and laughing amongst the plants. You will then come across a small spirit house, typically found around Thailand, both in homes and temples alike. With a quick look around, you will very quickly realize you are surrounded by literally hundreds of penis statues They’re everywhere! Some of the penises are small enough to be worn as necklaces, others are the size of small phallic totem poles coming in around 6 feet (180 cm). Some of the penis statues are plain, while others are intricately painted. Some penises have been creatively altered to have feet, or hung from chains, or propped up right, and some are even studded or decorated with ribbons. Some of the penis statues are made of cement, while others are made from good old fashioned wood (no pun intended). The Shrine of Goddess Tubtim certainly has no shortage of penis statues of every variety.

So what the heck is the connection with the garden of children, the spirit house and the penis fetish? The Shrine of Goddess Tubtim is a fertility shrine. It was erected (that one is too easy) to honour Chao Mae Tubtim, the female fertility goddess. Women of all ages who are typically in the early stages of trying to start a family will pay their respects to Miss Tubtim. They bring with them offerings of white lotus buds & white jasmine flowers, and ask her in return to ensure a happy and healthy child will be conceived. Rumour has it that the success rate is astonishingly high! If the woman’s wish comes true, it is expected that she will return to the shrine with her own penis statue for Goddess Tubtim’s personal collection. That still doesn’t explain the spirit house – well, where else would you think a fertility goddess would want to hang out? There’s a small statue representation of Chao Mae Tubtim found within. Who doesn’t like hanging out with life sized statues of themselves?

Little is known about the origins of how this shrine came to be, or what started the practice of bringing the offerings or penises as thanks. All that is known is that at one point in it’s existence, the spirit house was constructed by Nai Lert, owner of the neighbouring hotel, for the spirit of Chao Mae Tubtim who was believed to live in the large Sai (Ficus) tree next to the hotel. This was probably to keep the Mae Tubtim happy and to not haunt or torment the hotel’s guests.This attraction is certainly out of character with the impression of the polite nature of Thais. However, these particular statues of phalluses are used as a symbol of good luck and fortune. Given that most of the world’s modern Buddhism has very close ties to Hinduism, not so surprisingly many rituals and practices are actually quite similar. These particular penis statues have their roots (Aussies might find that statement funny) with the Hindu god Shiva. The phalluses, locally known as ‘lingams’, are sold at many markets for protection, or as good luck amulets. In fact, it’s also believed that they can influence the cash flow of a business. You might occasionally find little penises next to cash registers, or even hanging from rear view mirrors in taxis! It would appear Miss Tubtim is not the only one with a penis fetish.

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SEE – Photos & Videos

Male phallus for Goddess Tubtim
The penis statues seemed to rotatebetween very realistic and very surrealistic from statue to statue
Mae Chan Tubtim offerings
These penises seemed quite well rooted.
Chao Mae Tubtim - Penis Shrine
The courtyard around the shrine has penises in every direction
Penis Statue - bigger than a cat
These two penis statues (which had legs, feet, and penises as well) were huge! How’d they get them here?
Penis statues - a table full of them
There’s a table full of penises, elephants (?) and old people figurines
Chao Mae Tubtim - Bangkok Penis Shrine
Marianne was a little overwhelmed by the excessive male phallus!
Mae Chan Tubtim shrine
The entrance is filled with little children figurines frolicking in the garden
Fertility offerings - penises for Tubtim
Any place that penises could be stacked up, seemed to have penises stacked up against it!
Mae Chan Tubtim statue
This is the tiny statue of Mae Chan Tubtim inside her spirit house.

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GO – Getting There

Interestingly, the important fertility shrine of Goddess Tubtim is located in the very heart of Bangkok, tucked away behind the very busy Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel, and yet remains quite unknown and off the beaten path to many visitors, even to the guest of the hotel. It seems to really just be known on the down low, or if you have an in. Well – as always, Where Sidewalks End is happy to be your ‘in’. If you are coming by BTS (Bangkok’s Sky train), you will want to get off at Chit Lom station. Heading for exit 5, you will walk towards Wireless road (aka Wyuthia). Turn right onto wireless, and either take a 2 min taxi or tuk tuk, or simply walk 7-8 mins up the street. n the opposite side of the street you will see the Swissotel. Walking into the hotel, you will pass through the lobby and down the stairs. You can then walk into the hotel’s back court yard, where their large outdoor pool is located. Taking a right upon entering the pool’s yard, you will walk around the pool to the car park area. Again, entering the car park, you will need to take a sharp right. Continue walking out of the carpark and down the little lane. Continue walking straight to the dead end. Here you will find the child filled garden, and of course the pathway to the shrine. You are now entering penis ville.

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Do – Activities & Attractions

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Time – Seasonality & Schedules

I’m unsure about the hours, as it is really unguarded – my assumption would be, however, similar to regular temple hours, anytime between 7am – 7pm is generally ok – when the sun goes down, it’s usually a no-go.

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Safety – Possible risks

Please Note: Travel inherently comes with an element of risk (just like crossing the road does). You are putting yourself in elements that are unfamiliar and foreign to your usual lifestyle and with that, become more susceptible to fall victim those who try to play off those unfamiliar to their local scams. There are also potential dangers in the environments to which you may not be accustomed to.

Please take extra care in travelling, ensure that you have adequate medical insurance (accidents seem to happen when you least expect them), and have let a trusted colleague, family member or friend know your whereabouts and activities.

Where Sidewalks End travel advises you to travel at your own risk, and to be extra aware of your surroundings (without letting it spoiling your time).

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Pay – How much does it cost?

Admission is Free. If anyone is asking you for some type of admission, they’re simply trying to have you buy them lunch. Smile, nod, and pretend you don’t understand. This is a public shrine.

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Responsible Travel – Best Practices

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Reality Check – Be Aware

Considering the location, this is quite an easy attraction to go check out. The hotel didn’t seem to mind us just walking straight through their lobby, past their pool and into their car park. In fact, I don’t think they even noticed. It’s not a huge shrine or attraction, and I would think 15 mins would be ample to wander around and explore all the elements, penises, shrine and all. Depending if you plan on performing your own fertility rituals with lotus and jasmine, you may need an extra 5 mins or so, but you could easily squeeze this into a morning or afternoon without any problem. In fact, it’s only a 15 mins walk away from Lumphini park, so if you have any plans on visiting Lumphini, it wouldn’t be a bad way of maximizing your time and getting in an extra dose of culture without too much effort. I didn’t find the shrine mind blowing, but I certainly enjoy getting as much of a cultural experience as I can with where I am, so I’d say this is worth the visit if you’re exploring that part of the city – or if you just really like penis.

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Have you ever been to a fertility shrine before? Have you ever been to an attraction, or even religious place, which had such a strong focus on sex or the male (or female) phallus before? Please feel free to share your stories and opinions in the comment section below!

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The penis statues seemed to rotate between very realistic and very surrealistic from statue to statue

2017-02-23T05:53:58+00:00 By |Categories: Asia, Thailand|Tags: , , , , , , , , |17 Comments

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From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He's since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. Follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries!


  1. Turner March 22, 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Haha. This looks great. Another gem for me to check out.

  2. Barbara March 22, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

    So, Ian, where’s the best place in Bangkok to buy a wooden penis? I don’t think your research on this topic is done yet, not by any means!

    • Ian Ord - Where Sidewalks End March 22, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

      hehe – actually, I’ve seen them in a number of places Barbara. Only the small ones though. Necklaces, paper weights, etc. They can be found in most open-air markets, especially around Chattuchak Market! I have yet to discover the source of the 6 foot tall penis statues, mind you. I’ll report back once I find them for you 😉

  3. Charli l Wanderlusters March 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the enlightening review of where one may acquire a wooden penis in Thailand… for spiritual reasons of course.

    • Ian Ord March 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Oh, but of course Charli 😉 strictly for spiritual reasons… and research!

  4. Ash Clark March 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    “Blogging about dicks isn’t even that bad, like 8% of kids do it…”

    • Ian Ord March 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      hahahaha – who are you quoting, Ash? I should have used that somewhere in the post!

  5. Susan March 24, 2013 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Ok, I am all confused about Tubtim now…I used to buy whole fish in Chiang Mai that were called Tubtim to steam or fry. But it’s also the name of the goddess of fertility? Were the folks in the market laughing at me because I was buying a fertility fish?

    • Ian Ord March 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Hahaha – That story sounds fishy to me! That’s too funny. I’m not sure of which fish it is, but perhaps a slightly different tone, or maybe one of those lost in translation cultural situations?

  6. Raymond @ Man On The Lam April 21, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Funny, but it wouldn’t be the first time I saw a penis in a hotel car park.

  7. Matthew Karsten April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Penises with penises? That’s a lot of baby-making power. 😀

  8. Andrea May 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Who knew that doing my research on your site would bring me to an article about a penis shrine? Now you know I’ll have to seek it out when I get to Bangkok one day! Definitely a photogenic spot LOL!

  9. Claudia December 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Hey Ian,

    Finally I’ve got an answer about my question: “Why so many penises while in Thailand?”. We saw them first in Bangkok, in the opened air market, small ones for sale (keychains, neckalces etc). I said to myself that;s a bit wired to show up with a keychain like that in the real life.
    After, we went to Chiang Rai to the Black House and again, we saw so many of them….I couldn;t understand why. I felt lik they were a simbol of masculin power, verility.
    I also had a dark feeling about the Black House, like some rituals were happening there years ago.

    So, thanks for illuminating me :p

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