Incidentally, this elephant is not an elephant at all, but the Hindu god Aravan, or Airavata, shaped like a three-headed elephant.
The museum was started as a private collection by a Thai businessman, Lek Viriyapant. The man, a traditional art collector, wanted to build a proper boardinghouse for the ancient artifacts he had accumulated and displayed them to the public, while illustrating the spiritual wealth of Southeast Asian religions. He did not realize how much the place would gain religious importance and how many would come to pray.
At a height of 29 meters and a width of 39 meters, this huge building has 250 tons of pure bronze. It offers a perfect encounter between the religious tranquility of the Buddhist temple and the artistic and colorful surrealism.
The Erawan Museum has a concentration of exhibits, which is so spectacular and religiously important that it has become a prayer temple with religious significance for Thais. The elevator in the building ensures that no physical effort will be required to move between its various floors. It is also air-conditioned and is a pleasant stay in any weather.
The three floors of the Erawan Temple represent the three worlds of Thai Buddhist belief. The first floor represents the underworld, the second the human world, and the upper heavenly world.
At the end of the visit, go to the beautiful garden of the museum, where exotic plants, small pools, sculptures, waterfalls, canals and benches are located. Want to be excited? - Float a lotus flower in the water, as is the custom, in one of the pools and make a wish, hoping it will come true.
Do not miss the visit here, which many tourists have noted as an unforgettable experience for anyone interested in religion and world culture.
On the first floor, which represents the "lower world," there is a small antiquities museum that displays precious antiquities and special artifacts collected over the years.
On the second floor, which represents the center of the world according to Buddhism, you will see a magnificent hall with four bronze pillars representing the four major religions in the world. On the pillars are a variety of religious symbols, each page and the religion it represents.
The top floor is actually a colorful temple in shades of gold and blue, sitting in the belly of the elephant above the building. Here you are in a kind of "paradise", according to Buddhism (Tavatimsa Heaven). Observe the roof of the world, the solar system, the stars and the zodiac, painted on its vaulted glass ceiling.
If it rains, you'll be allowed to bring in your umbrellas.
You can also enjoy Muang Boran in the area, and Bang Poo Beach,
The Temple for the Laying Buddha in Thailand is 54 meters. There is a crocodile farm and a zoo in the area.