The Erawan Museum is located on the outskirts of Bangkok, so it is not well known in the typical routes of the city.
The building and its gardens are extraordinarily beautiful, but it is true that the most striking is the gigantic three-headed elephant that greets visitors imposingly from the top of the main building, which leaves no one indifferent to the visit.
History of the Erawan Museum
The Erawan Museum was designed by the same architect as the Muang Borang Open Air Museum. This time, what this unique artist wanted to do was to create the thread of the history of Buddhist principles through the three floors of the museum.
Upon entering the gardens of the complex, the visitor immediately realizes that religion is omnipresent. The three-headed elephant used to transport the god Indra already gives us an idea of the theme of the complex.
Once inside the building, each of the three floors represents the universe according to the Buddhist religion, but also Hinduism, Brahmanism or Christianity.
The second floor represents the underworld, you will find furniture and ceramics of different periods and styles, as well as an extraordinary spiral staircase decorated with many details and stained glass windows.
On the second floor is the human world, where various samples of oriental and also curiously western art are exhibited, the most interesting of the samples being a statue of Guayin, the Chinese goddess with a thousand arms.
When you reach the third floor, you will find yourself in heaven. According to Hindu mythology, at the top of Mount Meru is paradise, the home of the god Shiva. A collection of ancient Buddha sculptures is on display. The walls and ceilings are decorated with paintings of the cosmos.
How to get to the Erawan Museum
The Erawan Museum is located about 25 km from Bangkok, very close to the Muang Boran Open Air Museum.
Public transportation: There are two options, the Sukhumvit BTS line to Elephant Erawan E17 station (exit 2), then take one of the free tuk tuks to the museum (09:00 am to 4:00 pm outbound// 09:00 am to 6:30 pm inbound).
Bus lines: 102, 507, 511, 536.
Hours and prices of the Erawan Museum
The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Adults: 400 Bahts Children: 200 Bahts
99 Kanchanaphisek Rd, Bang Mueang Mai, Mueang Samut Prakan District, Samut Prakan 10270, Thailand