In Samut Prakarn on the fringes of Bangkok is the utterly amazing Erawan Museum, and it’s unlike any museum you’ve ever seen.
Even if you’re not into museums this place is a must see for its stunning interiors, which are inside the gigantic Erawan (three headed elephant) standing on a 15 meter high pedestal.
The Erawan statue is hand carved and lined with thousands of sheets of copper.
It weighs 250 tons, is 29 metres high, and is 39 metres long. It can be seen for miles around.
Going inside, the 1st floor represents the underworld and holds a valuable collection of Chinese artifacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
There is also a display of photos about the museum’s construction which was completed in 2004.
The 2nd floor represents the earth with a display of precious antiques and arts, including ceramics and European pottery.
The hallway features a huge statue of the Chinese goddess Guan Yin.
The 3rd floor is in the belly of the Erawan and depicts the Travatimsa Heaven, which is located on top of Mount Meru in Buddhist cosmology.
Relics of the Lord Buddha and antique Buddha statues from several eras of Thai history are displayed in this gallery.
The walls are adorned with stunningly beautiful frescos depicting the cosmos.
The tranquil, pretty outside gardens are also well worth exploring but there is a small extra charge.
The somewhat psychedelic Erawan museum was conceived by the late eccentric but visionary billionaire Lek Viriyapant to house his huge and valuable collection of historical artifacts, and took almost 10 years to complete.
The same eccentric personality also put together the one of a kind Ancient Siam open air museum nearby, as well as the amazing teak ‘Sanctuary of Truth’ in Pattaya.
Take the BTS Sukhumvit line to Chang Erawan station, from there its about a 10 minute walk.
The Erawan Museum website is here.
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