Erawan Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ), Bangkok, Thailand

During our travel through Thailand in 2009 we went to an outdoor museum called the Erawan museum. This is a museum in Sanut Prakan, Bangkok. It is well known for its giant three-headed elephant (Airavata). This elephant is three storeys high (43 meter). Inside the elephant there are antiquities and  collections of ancient religious objects on display. These belonged to Lek Viriyapant, the owner who also made the Ancient Siam museum possible.

The 3-headed elephant is part of Hindu mythology, the vehicle of the god Indra. The elephant took 10 years to construct and is made of pure bronze. Inside the surrounding garden there are many statues on display and paintings from children on some walls. For many the museum is a religious place and they come to worship the elephant and the many sacred artifacts.

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