Thai Community Development Center
Aponsi - Thai Angel Statue
Project Area: East Hollywood/Beverly-Normandie
Project: Thai Town Gateway
Project Location: East and West Entrances to Thai Town on Hollywood Boulevard near Western Avenue
Project Type: CRA/LA Initiated
These bronze Angel sculptures, also known as “ Aponsi,” represent the mythical half-woman, half-lion creatures of the legendary Ramayana tales. Traditionally, they are believed to be protectors and safeguard against harm. In their current locations on Hollywood Boulevard they stand as the symbolic guardians of the Thai Town corridor, while also representing the cultural diversity that exists in Los Angeles. This project was initiated by the Thai Community Development Center with funding from the CRA/LA in association with the Department of Public Works' Neighborhood Matching Fund.