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    Erawan Museum - พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ


    Credit:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erawan_Museum

    Was covered previously by CSFFan in the Temple Forum but I don't want to photo-bomb his fine thread.

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    I've been there a few times. Both with Western Friends, Western Relatives and Thais ... all have liked/loved the place.

    When I first drove past it, I thought it looked grotesque. Really sticking out like dog balls, both from Old Sukhumvit Rd
    and from the Motorway but once I was there, it was great.



    Located just outside Bangkok in the Samut Prakan Province, access can be by car ... Old Sukhumvit Rd #3/Kanchanaphisek Motorway Motorway #9 and
    parking is under the expressway with a free golf buggy ride there.

    By public transport by BTS to Samrong (if it's open ... last time we were there, it was BTS Bearing, a stop beforehand), then
    a shortish taxi ride for 10/15 mins. The BTS line will eventually run past the place.


    Credit:- http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/...6c0672eebb.jpg

    Also the 511 Bus runs close/past the place.



    Parking is under the Flyover.

    I got away with the Thai price by producing my Thai Drivers License, but usual double pricing exists.
    The Erawan chain also own the nearby Ancient Siam (can be seen above in the Map) and you can buy a ticket, I presumed
    discounted, for both.


    This Flag flies at both places

    Time wise, the Elephant place can be done in 1 - 3 hours ... Ancient Siam is a longer visit and it's been a decade since I was
    there.






    Your perspective of the elephants constantly evolve.






    As you enter the joint


    On the count of three ... everyone bow now.




    ^ ^^ As you walk in


    The Ticker Clippers. In a pure fluke, one (or both, I forget) was doing their Driver's License Test @ the same Centre as me
    earlier in the week.

    Being the only Westerner (and incredibly hansum man) they remembered me and we shared a joke.








    As you enter, the direct staircase and up to the translucent ceiling.
    In the same style as the stained glass windows in Churches.
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    The actual Building can be split into 3 areas.

    1/ The main area as you enter and the attention to detail is evident.

    2/ The top of the elephant's head which houses the sacred Prayer Room ... and the Security guard which will stop anyone taking images of same and ...

    3/ The basement, which I missed on the first visit which explains the concept and the building process of the Museum.

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    1/ The main area

    the attention to detail ...


















    Lots of stuff in English.

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    2/ To the top of the elephant's head







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    2/ The top of the elephant's head which houses the sacred Prayer Room





    First time there, no security guard so could grab some media.
    Subsequent visits, he stopped anyone with a camera/phone.

    The detail everywhere was impressive.







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    3/ The basement

    Not a lot down there ... but worth a visit.





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    The surrounding hard and soft landscaping ...






















    I had just bought a new camera ATT and was trying a few different settings



    Personally, I really enjoyed the place.

    The attention to detail is pretty impressive.

    But it never feels gaudish, just opulently decorated.

    Everyone I've taken there, even the Thais have liked/loved and, at least appreciated it.

    But 3 times is enough for me!

    CSFFan's photo essay is here (Erawan Museum - Samut Prakarn - Photos)
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    Great stuff 48. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ancient Siam is good. Hire a golf cart thoigh cos it's fooking massive.

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    Interesting mate, gonna give it a go next time.

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    Found a new video ... different perspective.


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    Very nice pics, thanks!

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    I have been there,,,well worth the visit,,,the photos are great but dont do it justice...

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