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The Erawan Museum

Enter the spiritual realm of the Erawan Universe

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  • About the Museum
  • Admission fee
  • Visitor Rules and Regulations
The Erawan Museum is well known for its giant three-headed elephant art sculpture as exterior. This is the first and biggest hand-carved sculpture in the world. It is considered an important tourist attraction as well as a holy shrine for many believers.

Erawan Museum started construction 1994 and has opened for the public since 2013. The building including the elephant sculpture is 43.6 meters in heights (equivalent of 14 stories building). The width of the elephant is 12 meters and length 39 meters. The weight of the elephant's body is 150 tons, and the elephant's head weights 100 tons. The outer layer of the elephant is lined with copper, the copper sheet 1.2 millimeters thick in various sizes from 4x8 feet to the smallest size that is a size of the palm. Every single copper sheet totaling in a hundred thousands sheets were slowly plated on with care and craftsmanship.

Erawan has the meaning of water, clouds, and rainbow. It is the sacred name of a white elephant with 33 heads. The traditional tale has it that Erawan is the vehicle of Indra, a Hindu highest god. Erawan can travel freely in the realm of the Earth and Heaven. Erawan went with Indra to take care of human and their well-being. Indra's enemy is the god of thunder, who creates draught in the realm of the Earth, so Erawan uses its trunk to deliver water from heaven to Earth. Therefore, Erawan represents the abundance and the goodness of Indra, and is usually represent as a 3-headed instead of 33 heads that it has in the legend for aesthetic purposes in art forms.
The interior of the museum is divided into three main floors according to the Hindu representation of the universe, which consists of Underworld, Earth, and Heaven. The two lower floors are located inside of the sculpture’s pedestal while the top floor is located in the belly of the elephant.

The first floor represents the underworld and contains precious artefacts from the founder, Lek Viriyaphant's personal collection. These include collections of tea sets, vases, and bowls, from the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. The underworld level also hosts the sculpture of the mythical being, a half Naga-half person, which was modeled after the belief that these beings guarded the precious treasures under the water.

The second floor representing the earth or the human world, this level houses three major types of art pieces and precious antiques and arts including Thai ceramics, stained glass, and European potteries.
Tickets for guests

09.00-17.00
- Adult 400 Baht / Child 200 Baht
17:00 to 19:00
- Adult 200 Baht / Child 100 Baht

Audio Guide in Thai, English, Chinese, Korean, Russian
available for visitors of the museum's exhibition.

Guided Tour Monday - Saturday
Round 1 at 09.00 - 10.00
Round 2 at 10.00 - 11.00
Round 3 at 11.00 - 12.00
Round 4 at 12.00 - 13.30
Round 5 at 13.30 - 14.30
Round 6 at 14.30 - 15.30
Round 7 at 15.30 - 16.30
Round 8 at 16.30 - 17.30

Visitors can access the museum at 18.00 - 19.00
There are guides available in the designated areas in the building.

Please visit the museum at the time of your convenience on
Sundays and Public Holidays.

Free parking

Travel Tips
Bus number 25,142, 365
Air-conditioned bus number 102, 507, 511, 536

Special rates for students or group visit from schools.

Contact for more information at
Tel 061-5311957
Fax 02-380-0304
1) Please dress properly, no sleeveless attires and above knee-length skirts or pants.

2) Pets are not allowed.

3) Please help maintain a quiet and pleasant environment.

4) Please help keep the premise clean.

5) Please don't cause any damage to the premise.

6) Food and beverage are not allowed.

7) Please obey instructions from our staffs.

Location The Erawan Museum

Erawan Museum
99/9 Moo 1, Sukhumvit Road, Bang Meung Mai, Amphoe Meung, Samut Prakan 10270
Tel: 061-5311957
Email: info@ancientsiam.com