The Erawan Museum
As you drive into Samut Prakarn Province from Bangkok, you can’t help but notice THE THREE-HEADED ELEPHANT. The size and the structure attract tons of people to worship it.
In fact, this is the Erawan Museum contained within the world’s largest elephant. The height is about 50 meters or 15 storeys high. The five storey museum inside the elephant has contained various priceless antiquities.
Its body made from bronze with pink pedestal rounded base decorated with millions of little tiles. The design of all three floors represents three worlds. Each floor illustrates different kind of objects as follow:
- Lower one demonstrates various antiques and exhibits the aim of the construction.
- Upper floor illustrates many elaborate antique arts and objects. This floor’s design was mixed divisibly between western and eastern art’s style.
- The top one is the body of elephant placed the Buddha’s relics and Buddha images.
The Erawan Museum has become a popular place for local Thais to make offerings in order to receive divine “help” with certain matters. The story goes that one day a young girl prayed to the giant statue just before buying what turned out to be a winning lottery ticket. The story has spread, and now many Thais come just to make offerings at the pavilion in front of the statue.