The World’s Largest Three-Headed Elephant Sculpture (The Erawan Museum, Samut Prakan)
The World’s largest three-headed elephant, Airavata, is found in The Erawan Museum situated approximately 30km south of Bangkok in the Province of Samut Prakarn. Inspired by Khun Lek Viriyapant’s ideas and imagination to preserve his collection of antiques for the country, the heavenly three-headed elephant is a symbol of the centre of the universe. It contains rare and priceless objects of art for the future generations to see.
Inside Elephant’s Belly (Tavatimsa Heaven, The Erawan Museum)
Inside the elephant’s belly (Tavatimsa Heaven), it houses Buddha’s relics and Buddha images from different period. The walls and ceiling are decorated with tempera paintings depicting the solar system. Around Erawan Museum lies the botanical garden noted in Thai literary and the sculpture of magical animals of Himavanta forest such as kinnara, kinnari, naga and rajasingh.
Eugene Tang Goes To Erawan Museum (Samut Prakan)
The Three-Headed Elephant factsheet:
The height if the elephant = 29m
The height including of the buliding = 43.60m
The width of the elephant = 12m
The weight of the elephant’s body = 150 tons
The weight of the elephant’s head = 100 tons
Stunning interior in the Erawan Museum (Samut Prakan, Thailand)
Getting To The Erawan Museum:
The Erawan Museum
99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai Samut Prakan
Bus: No 25, 142, 365
Air-conditional bus: No 102, 507. 508. 511 and 536
Open daily: 8.00am-5.00pm
The museum offers??hourly guided tour from 8.30am onward.
Adult: 150 THB
Child: 50 THB