What stands out when you visit the Erawan Museum situated in the Samut Prakan Province is the gigantic and iconic three-headed elephant statue that is built on top of a mammoth pedestal. It has been erected based on Hindu mythology’s “Airavata”, also named Erawan. It is a marvellous and unforgettable experience to visit the museum built inside; underneath its spacious belly, you will find three levels each symbolizing a section of magnificent Thai cosmos. Some of the fantastic and rare highlights are the precious Eastern antiques, extensive spiritual iconography and most intriguing décor that seems so surreal.
Visiting this religious site while in Thailand can be a spiritually fulfilling experience you would not want to miss. If you are staying at a boutique hotel Bangkok has to offer such as Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18, the journey to Erawan Museum is within an hour away. Once you arrive at this museum with a rich Hindu mythology and embark on a spiritual venture, the distance to get to it would become insignificant.
The Erawan Museum is the work of a visionary named Lek Viriyapant who was a business magnate that was involved in creating visually ambitious religious sites that embodied eccentric spiritual nature. Rather than sticking to conventional Western design of building a standard museum, he went along with the symbolic traits and designed a museum that resembled Eastern cosmology inside a Hindu elephant by the name of Erawan.
Taking a tour inside the belly of Erawan begins from the basement that is dimly lit which represents the unique cosmological underworld. The upper floor represents Mount Meru which is known as the centre of Buddhist cosmos. The top floor signifies the highest level of the universe, the Tavatimsa Heaven. Walking into the lush gardens of Erawan can be considered as the icing on the cake as it provides you an immense spiritual healing experience.
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