The Giant Three-Headed Elephant

12 responses to “The Giant Three-Headed Elephant

  1. Well last time I visited the Erawan Museum it was still under construction. It was close to completion and running way behind schedule, I took some photo’s from the out side. Unlike Richards Photo, the sky is full of smog in my photo’s. Next time I visit this area I will go inside.

  2. Wow ! This place looks one amazing place to run riot with a camera ! Respects to Khun Lek for thinking “outside of the box” on the design. Most definately on the list for my next visit.

  3. Yes, it’s pretty awesome! I’ve been there this May, it was amazing, both inside and outside.
    Khun Don, you can “run amok” with the camera, but only on the upper floors!

    The basement is somewhat of a disappointment. First, you have to wait around until a sizable group comes together. The doors are closed. Once it opens, you can go in, but the tour is guided, whether you want it or not; you can’t explore and read everything at your own pace, as the guide hurries the entire group along.

    Some of the lenghtier descriptions are impossible the read in the hurry. And no, you can’t linger around after the guide finished; everyone is pushed out, and the doors are sealed shut again, until the next group comes.
    And of course, like Richard said, you can’t take pictures there.

    Luckily, it gets better on the upper floors. Although there is a guide there too, you can just wander around, don’t have to stick with the crowd.

    What’s been left out of this blog is that there is a small circular area surrounding the monument. This is filled with flowing water, and you can float lotus flowers and candles down as if it was Loy Krathong. It’s pretty. I’ll upload some pictures into our Thaiblogs Photoalbum as soon as I find ’em in my archives.

    Great blog, Richard… brinks about some nice memories. 😉 It’s also nice to learn about the background story; it’s pretty interesting.

  4. Thanks for the extra info, SiamJai. I still intend to visit, shame about the regimented guide system, though, they probably would get more farang visitors if they did away with this system, but maybe it is crowded enough already.

  5. @ Khun Don – I think Siamjai was unlucky the day he went. I have probably been there 10-15 times since it opened to the public. Each time I went on a tour. These leave every 30 minutes (the time is fixed) and I have seen two people being shown around. About 90% of the time it was only my party walking around. I have never been on a tour bigger than 6 people. A tour group from China did come in but it looked like they had their own tour guide and didn’t walk with us. Our guide was willing to go slowly to give us time to look at each exhibit. After we had circled the exhibition hall they never seemed to rush us to leave. I think we could have walked around again. We said goodbye to our guide in the belly of the elephant. We then made our own way down and a few times people in my party wanted to take another look around before leaving. But, like Siamjai said, you cannot go back into the basement without a guide. They are very protective of that.

  6. The first time i saw the elephant statue, i was driving with my Thai friend at night… and I was shocked by the size of that thing! So I asked my friend about the statue and he gave me a look and kept quiet untill we left far away from that place…

    Then, he told me a similar story about the woman who prayed to win the lottery except she didn’t keep her promise… and she was found raped and killed… and they found elephant prints outside….

    This is my Thai friend’s version of the story…


  7. yes, i will try to visit on my next trip.

  8. I visited this place last weekend but failed to photograph the Erawan Elaphant as big as it should be. It is like 5 times bigger than ordinary elephants you see on the street. My photo result is just like Richard’s. I gotta went up on the bridge and photograph the Elaphant up there. Yeah, now it shows the comparison of the elephant and cars. I wish I could show them to you!

  9. @ DJ_CrystaL

    I have added a second page now of pictures. As there are people in the pictures you should then get a clearer idea of the size of the beast. The first picture was taken during construction and you can no longer take a picture like that. Actually, you probably cannot take the latter two pictures any more because the vegetation has been cut down to make way for the outer ring road and flyover.

  10. thaifnessfan

    quote(re Khun Lek): instead of squandering his money….) what else than “squadering money” can you call this!…it must be my education i guess. But then again i am very pessimistic about the influence of hinduism on the pure budhism in this country. Sorry if i offend someone with this comment, just try to put things in perspective.

  11. I’ve seen this place a few years ago, while it was being built. I’m going back to thailand this year and would love to go there. How can I get there? How long does it take to go, from bangkok?

    Actually, I’m arriving from Cambodja… so, is it ossible to make a stop on my way to Bangkok?

    Thank you very much for your help.

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