Monday, 17 February 2014

Erawan Museum, Bangkok

Erawan Museum, Bangkok

Slightly off the beaten track the Erawan Museum was founded by Mr. Lek Wiriyapan who had a dream of building a museum that celebrated the faith of Buddhism so that future generations could continue to learn about it.

The main feature of the museum is the fact that it is housed in a huge 3 headed Elephant, which has to make it one of the more unusual buildings in Thailand.

Not many museum sport a 3 headed Elephant on the top.

The Erawan Museum is slightly out of Bangkok. To get there you have to go to the end of the BTS line and take a short taxi journey. It's worth it though, this is one of the craziest buildings that I've ever seen and is testimony to someone's dream.

Starting in the museum basement you move up through several levels of the Bhuddist religion. The whole place is full of intricate carvings, statues, pottery items, and images of The Bhudda.

Directions:

  • Go to On Nut BTS, right at the end of the line
  • Taxi to Erawan Museum takes approximately 15 minutes and should cost 100 Baht.
There are some good directions on this website but note that the cost has gone up to 400 Baht now (2014). 
http://www.paknam.com/tourist-attractions/erawan-museum.html

Cost:

We paid 400 Baht per person to enter in 2014. This is the higher "foreigner ticket" price.

Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erawan_Museum
http://ancientcitygroup.net/erawan/


Stained glass ceiling was one of my favourite features of the inside.