This is a world famous museum in Thailand mainly due to its unique sculptures. The museum hosts religious iconography, Thai cosmos, exclusive eastern antiques and many more.
The museum is located in Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan, Thailand. Located about 40 minutes away from the city of Bangkok, this is within the easy reach of most city hotels such as Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok.
The museum was built by the late business tycoon Lek Viriyapant to create a space for his collection of Asian antiques. A suggestion of a friend to construct a structure with unique architecture inspired the Hindu elephant shaped landmark.
The three-headed elephant statue
The majestic three-headed elephant statue placed right on top of the entrance to the museum is the first and the last thing you would see when in the premises. about 29 meteres high, the breathtaking view of this enthralling structure itself makes this one of the best places to visit in Bangkok. The museum divided into three levels is built in the belly of the elephant.
The dimly lit basement contains Chinese porcelain, Chinese and Vietnamese furniture and architecture. The domed shaped upper level of the pedestal is glorified with artistic murals and brilliant craftsmanship. The statue of the Bodhisatva Guan Yin is the center piece of the area.
Keep in mind
The museum is open from 8.00 to 17.00 daily. The easiest way to get to the museum is by taking a taxi from the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station.
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