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Erawan Museum

Listed under Museums in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Located just outside the border of Bangkok in a province called Samut Prakan, is the 3 headed elephant Erawan Museum, one of my favorite sites in the city.

Approaching the monument you’ll see the humongous sculpture, proudly towering over the highway and shimmering in the Bangkok sunshine.

Khun Lek, the private commissioner of the project, built the Erawan Museum as a facility to house his collection of religious relics and art; He also wanted to preserve Thai cultural heritage by showcasing a few of the sacred objects he had accumulated over the years.

After much thought, Khun Lek finally decided to construct a three headed elephant, influenced by Airavata (known as Erawan in Thai) – a mythical elephant in Hinduism.

After paying the entrance fee, you enter the compound where there’s first a Buddhist shrine. At the base of the elephant structure is the main part of the museum where you can enjoy a short tour before heading upstairs to the sanctuary section of the museum...

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Written by  David Lee.

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