Situated on (the old) Sukhumvit road between Samut Prakan and Bangkok, the Erawan Museum (not to be confused with the Erawan Shrine located in downtown Bangkok), is a surprisingly peaceful place to spend a day out in the city.
坐落在素坤逸路(老)之间的北榄府和曼谷四面佛博物馆(位于曼谷市中心的四面佛不要混淆),是一个令人惊讶的和平的地方,花了一天在城市。

This eye-catching structure was built to worship Airvagta, the elephant diety of Hindu mythology, and standing 29 meters high and weighing over 250 tons, the elephant statue is largest in the world. The statue itself is made from pure bronze and is hollow, with the left rear leg housing a lift, the rear right leg a spiral staircase and the tail a fire escape.

Erawan Museum Spiral Staircase

Erawan Museum Spiral Staircase

History of Erawan Museum

The project was started by Lek Viriyaphant (aka Khun Lek), the same businessman responsible for the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya and the Ancient City, also located in Samut Prakan. The building of the museum, which started in 1994 and took almost ten years, was supervised by Pagpean Viriyaphant, Khun Lek’s eldest son. Unfortunately, both of them died before the construction was completed.
three headed elephant statue erawan museum

Three Headed Elephant Statue At Erawan Museum

Image Credit: Heinrich Damm, 2004.

The museum is made up of three levels, each of which represents a one of the Three Worlds of the Thai cosmos. The first level is in the basement of the museum and represents the cosmological Underworld. The second level is located in the domed upper level and represents Mount Meru, the center of the Buddhist universe – traditionally located somewhere in the Himalayas. The third level, in the belly of the three-headed elephant, symbolizes Tavatimsa Heaven, a place above Mount Meru where the elephant deity Airavata resides. This part of the museum is home to 9 images of Buddha, some of which are amongst the oldest in Thailand. The walls and ceiling of the dome are hand-painted in art depicting the solar system.

Visitors are not allowed to take photos in the part of the museum, but a there is a photographer who can take shots for a small commission.

The Erawan Museum is surrounded by tropical gardens with pavilions, secluded benches, ponds, and rockeries abundant with rare flora.

Visitors wanting to reach the museum can do by taking a taxi along Sukhumvit road towards Samut Prakan. Taxis from the inner city cost between 150-300 baht, depending on your location. Admission to the Erawan Museum grounds cost 50 bhat, entry to the Museum is separate, and costs 150 baht for adults, or 150 baht for children.

How to Get to The Erawan Museum

Erawan Museum Heaven

Erawan Museum Heaven

From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum (should cost around 80 – 90 baht each way). Once there it will be difficult to miss the splendid, towering elephant: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. The museum is located in the belly of the beast.

Once inside enjoy the amazing art and architecture. Don’t forget to go to heaven at the top, in the belly of the beast, known as Tavatimsa Heaven. This in Buddhist cosmology lies above Mount Meru and said to be where sacred beings, including elephant deity Airavata, congregate. Here, the solemn serenity of the room’s Buddha images – a walking Buddha and eight more in a variety of postures – is oddly offset by lurid abstract art that lines the concave walls, and depicts the solar system. True to the fusing of ideas, art-forms and religions which runs throughout, here the solemn serenity of a temple meets the surrealism of a Dali painting, albeit a three-dimensional one.

这抢眼结构的建立是为了敬拜印度教神话中,大象魔王Airvagta,站在高29米,重量超过250吨,是在世界上最大的大象雕像。本身是由纯青铜雕像是中空的,与左后腿住房电梯,后右腿一个螺旋楼梯和尾火灾逃生。

Erawan Museum Spiral Staircase

Erawan Museum Spiral Staircase

History of Erawan Museum

该项目开始由:沥Viriyaphant(又名坤沥),相同的商人负责芭堤雅真理的圣殿,古城,也位于北榄府。博物馆,于1994年开始,花了近十年的建设,监督Pagpean Viriyaphant坤沥的长子。不幸的是,他们都死在施工前完成。

three headed elephant statue erawan museum

Three Headed Elephant Statue At Erawan Museum


Image Credit: Heinrich Damm, 2004.

该博物馆是由三个层次,每一个都代表一个三个世界的泰国宇宙。第一个层次是在博物馆的地下室,代表宇宙冥界。第二个层次是位于圆顶上水平,代表佛教宇宙的中心 – 须弥山,传统坐落在喜马拉雅山脉的某个地方。第三个层次,三头大象的肚子,象征Tavatimsa的天堂,梅鲁山大象神Airavata的地方居住的地方上面。该博物馆的一部分是9佛像,其中有一些是在泰国最古老之一。手绘艺术描绘太阳系的墙壁和天花板的圆顶 – 参观者不允许拍照,在博物馆的一部分,但有一个摄影师可以拍摄一个小佣金 – 四面佛博物馆亭台楼阁,幽静的长椅,池塘,假山丰富的稀有植物的热带花园包围。

Visitors wanting to reach the museum can do by taking a taxi along Sukhumvit road towards Samut Prakan. Taxis from the inner city cost between 150-300 baht, depending on your location. Admission to the Erawan Museum grounds cost 50 bhat, entry to the Museum is separate, and costs 150 baht for adults, or 150 baht for children.

How to Get to The Erawan Museum

Erawan Museum Heaven

Erawan Museum Heaven

From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum (should cost around 80 – 90 baht each way). Once there it will be difficult to miss the splendid, towering elephant: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. The museum is located in the belly of the beast.

一旦进入享受惊人的艺术和建筑。不要忘了在上面,在肚子里的野兽,被称为Tavatimsa天堂去天堂。这在佛教宇宙观在于须弥山之上,并说是在神圣的生命,包括大象神Airavata,聚集。在这里,庄严宁静房间的佛像 – 步行佛八各种姿势 – 奇怪的是耸人听闻的抽象艺术,抵消线的凹壁,描绘了太阳能系统。真正的思想,艺术形式和宗教贯穿到定影,在这里庄严宁静的寺庙符合超现实主义的达利的画,虽然是一个三维的。

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