The Erawan Museum in Samut Prakarn Province in Thailand is not easy to forget as it is probably the only museum in the world that is housed inside a giant three-headed elephant. And boy, what an elephant it is! Made from pure bronze, this huge beast represents the god-king Airavata of Hindu mythology. Towering over 50 meters tall, this magnificent beast stands proudly on top of its pastel pink circular base.
The Museum was designed and built in 1994 by the Thai entrepreneur and businessman, Lek Viriyapant, who passed away in 2000. His legacy lives in this museum as well and "Ancient Siam" and "Sanctuary of Truth".
The Museum entrance is located in the base of the pedestal and this will lead you into the belly of the beast and the magical splendor that resides inside. The Museum not only houses many priceless antiques and cultural works of art, but its own intricate ornamentation is really something to be admired. Throughout, the decoration is breathtakingly beautiful. The Museum is set out over three levels with the basement representing the underworld, the middle level the human world and the highest level the heavens. A small window in the elephant’s belly gives you an amazing view over the surrounding area.
The museum grounds are meticulously sculpted gardens with statues related to both Buddhism and Hinduism. There are coffee shops and shops to drinks and snacks available outside the museum as well.
The Erawan Museum is situated approximately 30 km south of Bangkok in the Province of Samut Prakarn. The Museum can be found on Sukhumvit Road and is easily accessible by Taxi. But I recommend taking the BTS commuter train to the Chang Erawan BTS Train Station (it's an easy walk of about 800 meters). Use the Google Map link below to help you decide your best route. The Museum opens daily from 08.00 until 18.00.
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