The Museum is in shape of a huge bronze elephant with three heads. Inside the colossal elephant sculpture are many sections. Each section, adorned with stained glass, takes the ancient Thai bas-relief sculpture. You can take staircases or lift to reach various sections of the museum.
The five-storey museum showcases the late Khun Lek's priceless collection of ancient religious items. The lower pedestal houses the oldest artefacts, while the upper level has ancient Buddha statues and other antique objects. From the lower level in the elephant's belly, you can watch picturesque gardens below. Second level is the sort of celestial chapel presenting more Buddha idols. Blue and gold decorated walls give you distinct environment.
The hollow elephant idol stands on a base pedestal bedecked with tiny tiles enameled in the style of Thai Benjarong ceramics. The elephant represents mythological pachyderm Airavata, who is known as Erawan in Thai language. Airawata is considered the vehicle of God Indra in Hindu mythology. It's height is about 50 meters.
The elephant museum is situated amidst a large garden consisting ponds and fountains, which incorporate several styles. Small intriguing creatures bedeck the water features and the gardens.
» Elephant represents the Heaven
» Upper Pedestal represents the Earth
» Lower Pedestal represents the Under World
How To Reach
Drive on Sukhumwit Road into Samut Prakan Province from Bangkok. You would effortlessly notice the elephantine museum. You can also take buses for the place.
Samut Prakan Province