Erawan Museum
Erawan Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Jennifer K
    Olympia, Washington20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most amazing sites I've ever visited!
    My husband made the plan to visit this place and I had no idea what it was until we got there, so I was completely blown away. First, I am a mosaic artist, so I was enthralled by the fact that the inside of the lower temple is covered in picassiette mosaic made of reclaimed dishware. It's just beautiful. Then, we managed to get past all of the young women in prom dresses sprawled on the stairs and there's a small passage up to the inside of the elephant where it opens into an incredible blue temple. I could have spent all day in this place if not for it being otherwise occupied by instagram influencer-wannabees. The grounds are also really fun to explore, with rows of elephant statues that trumpet as you walk under them, and many other sculptures that are really fun. It definitely has a Buddhist-theme-park feel, but I feel like that kind of sums up Thailand, and I'm here for it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • John K
    Costa Mesa, California2,447 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but not that interesting
    This museum is indeed unique. Not sure it was that interesting though. Definitely enjoyed wandering around and looking at the exhibits, but as a museum, well, I've seen more interesting Thai museums in little cities like Lampang and Nakhon Si Thammarat. The key attractions are the inside of the building beneath the giant elephant and the gardens surrounding the museum. Unfortunately, despite the beauty of the gardens, it's not really relaxing due to the noise of the highways surrounding the property. Access is by taxi, public bus, or BTS. If you take BTS, it's about a 20 minute walk from the nearest station. I personally thought this museum was a bit overpriced at 400 thb, but be aware that you can buy tickets online from discount sellers. If you do this, you must first present the voucher at a special ticket window to the right of the cafeteria to get a paper ticket for entry.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Aliah91
    Singapore, Singapore191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    IG-worthy photo spot
    Definitely a must visit if you’d like your photo taken in the thai traditional costume, and for no other reason. The place is small and frankly the only sight to see is the beautiful interior. They offer the costume for rental at 400-600 baht. We purchased entry ticket to both Ancient City and Erawan Museum via Klook, and hence visited this place. Would give this place a skip if this is the only stop you’re making.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Trang Nguyen
    Hanoi, Vietnam23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique museum
    If you don’t have anything to do in Bangkok, take the train to visit Erawan Museum. The architecture is very unique. In addition, it’s not only to visit but also you can pray. Me and my friends decided to use the Skytrain and it takes about 30 mins which is very convenient. I bought the ticket via Klook and it’s cheaper than the price if you buy directly.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 28, 2023
  • HMKaren
    Los Angeles, California1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple/museum inside a giant 3-headed elephant. How can you NOT go?
    The Erawan Museum is about 25km southeast of the main part of Bangkok by the Grand Palace, so we combined it with a few other activities and hired a Grab driver for the day. That worked out really nicely. The three-headed elephant is GIANT, and it stands on a tall plinth, so you can see if from a good distance away. 400 Baht to get in. There's a whole little complex with places to eat and gift shops. The shrine inside the plinth part of the elephant is very pretty and ornate. You can walk up the stairs to the higher portion or take an elevator. There is one more area up a short set of stars from where the elevator stops. This smaller space has some beautiful statues (butthis area is a no-photos area). Keep in mind that beyond this, there is one more area on the very bottom to see. Go outside of the elephant and find the small doors that lead you in. We almost missed them, but the stuff inside was nice. Finally, walk around the little pond with the colorful elephants and other statuary. The place is kinda weird and very pretty. We enjoyed it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Jef Van Camp
    Kontich, Belgium63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    definitely wordt the visit
    It might seem kitschy at first sight, but it is definitely worth a visit. Don't forget to go to the top floor. Easy to reach with skytrain and bus (of a short walk for the last mile).
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 25, 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buddhist Shrine Complex With Incredible Photogenic Main Hall
    The museum is named for the mythological elephant Erawan, whose statue is probably the most prominent feature. There are several shrines dotted around the beautiful gardens, but the main attraction is inside the Erawan Museum hall which also acts as the pedestal upon which the statue is also surmounted. The giant three-headed elephant stands an incredible 29 metres tall and is visible from either of the aforementioned stations. The hall itself is also worthy of mention. It has a stunning staircase with the first level leading to a beautiful green statue of Buddha, then spirals up around the hallway. The top floor is more like a prayer hall representing the Trayastriṃsa. The altar had an image of a standing Buddha in the foreground, while at the back there is a seated Buddha, guarded by Naga. The museum is located on the outskirts of Bangkok. The closest stations are Pu Chao and the Chang Erawan BTS stations. It can be a pain to get to in the heat, but it’s totally worth it.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Tom W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely time in Erawan - thank you Saramwut ❤️
    We took a short taxi ride and were greeted by lovely hosts. getting tickets processed was smooth (booked via klook) and the place looked absolutely stunning. highly recommend to come here not just for photos but to learn about the creators who believed in unity love and peace. the temple portion was stunning and we were greeted and shown around by a lovely man called Saramwuut (he was not a paid guide but was the kindest soul with great english to show us around and make us feel welcome).
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2024
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skyeline786
Sydney, Australia36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
While the Erawan museum is a beautiful collection of shrines and elephant statues, do not expect a traditional museum.

We were not prepared and needed to change our clothing to walk around the gardens.

The entry fee was 400 baht per person (foreigner price) which was not worth it.

However, if you plan to visit the Ancient city (15 mins away) and don't mind paying tourist prices, it might be worth a stop.
Written January 1, 2020
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Andyrn66
Allentown, PA116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
This was an awesome experience, I felt so relaxed and moved by my visit. I learned a lot about the Thai culture and the Buddhism. Walking up into the elephants inside was amazing with all the art and intricate tile work! Just beautiful, prayers, marigolds and water Lillie’s.
Written January 5, 2020
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John K
Costa Mesa, CA2,447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This museum is indeed unique. Not sure it was that interesting though. Definitely enjoyed wandering around and looking at the exhibits, but as a museum, well, I've seen more interesting Thai museums in little cities like Lampang and Nakhon Si Thammarat. The key attractions are the inside of the building beneath the giant elephant and the gardens surrounding the museum. Unfortunately, despite the beauty of the gardens, it's not really relaxing due to the noise of the highways surrounding the property. Access is by taxi, public bus, or BTS. If you take BTS, it's about a 20 minute walk from the nearest station. I personally thought this museum was a bit overpriced at 400 thb, but be aware that you can buy tickets online from discount sellers. If you do this, you must first present the voucher at a special ticket window to the right of the cafeteria to get a paper ticket for entry.
Written December 1, 2023
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Mike D
Hua Hin, Thailand538 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We have driven past here on our way to or from Bangkok many times and every time I think to myself that one day I will have to stop and see it. Well today was that day!

The grounds surrounding the elephant are beautiful and well maintained. The elephant itself is spectacular, it's one thing to see it as you are passing buy but it's quite another to stand beside the massive structure. The interior of the elephant is breathtaking.

You can climb the stairs (or take an elevator) right into the belly of the beast, and the sight that you will see there is just as beautiful as everything else here.

You have to take your shoes off before entering the base of the elephant. Unlike other places when you exit the bottoms of your feet will not be black, I walked through the whole thing from bottom to top and back again and my feet remained clean!

You may have noticed my low score which may seem odd after singing the praises of this place. The reason is simple, Erawan Museum engages in in the discriminatory practice of dual pricing. While a Thai citizen will pay a 250 Baht entry fee, a foreigner will be charged 400 Baht. I find this practice repugnant and I give a lower score whenever I encounter it. If not for the dual pricing I would have rated it a 5.
Written October 7, 2023
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rashmi k
Chennai (Madras), India81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Location is good as it is walkable distance from Chang Erawan BTS Skytrain station (1.2 kms). The big elephant at the top of the structure is a big highlight and other attraction is line of elephants made of cement with audio in the garden area around the museum. Entrance fee is exorbitant for non-Thai. Basement floor has real exhibits of old era and other 2 floors have spiral stairway, to be careful while ascending. Lift service is only till first floor. Good spots to click pictures around the garden. However, not much compared to other tourist spots in Bangkok.
Written January 9, 2023
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Jennifer K
Olympia, WA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
My husband made the plan to visit this place and I had no idea what it was until we got there, so I was completely blown away. First, I am a mosaic artist, so I was enthralled by the fact that the inside of the lower temple is covered in picassiette mosaic made of reclaimed dishware. It's just beautiful. Then, we managed to get past all of the young women in prom dresses sprawled on the stairs and there's a small passage up to the inside of the elephant where it opens into an incredible blue temple. I could have spent all day in this place if not for it being otherwise occupied by instagram influencer-wannabees. The grounds are also really fun to explore, with rows of elephant statues that trumpet as you walk under them, and many other sculptures that are really fun. It definitely has a Buddhist-theme-park feel, but I feel like that kind of sums up Thailand, and I'm here for it.
Written August 14, 2023
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Aliah91
Singapore, Singapore191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Definitely a must visit if you’d like your photo taken in the thai traditional costume, and for no other reason. The place is small and frankly the only sight to see is the beautiful interior. They offer the costume for rental at 400-600 baht.

We purchased entry ticket to both Ancient City and Erawan Museum via Klook, and hence visited this place. Would give this place a skip if this is the only stop you’re making.
Written December 15, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The museum is named for the mythological elephant Erawan, whose statue is probably the most prominent feature. There are several shrines dotted around the beautiful gardens, but the main attraction is inside the Erawan Museum hall which also acts as the pedestal upon which the statue is also surmounted. The giant three-headed elephant stands an incredible 29 metres tall and is visible from either of the aforementioned stations. The hall itself is also worthy of mention. It has a stunning staircase with the first level leading to a beautiful green statue of Buddha, then spirals up around the hallway. The top floor is more like a prayer hall representing the Trayastriṃsa. The altar had an image of a standing Buddha in the foreground, while at the back there is a seated Buddha, guarded by Naga. The museum is located on the outskirts of Bangkok.

The closest stations are Pu Chao and the Chang Erawan BTS stations. It can be a pain to get to in the heat, but it’s totally worth it.
Written April 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We took a short taxi ride and were greeted by lovely hosts. getting tickets processed was smooth (booked via klook) and the place looked absolutely stunning. highly recommend to come here not just for photos but to learn about the creators who believed in unity love and peace. the temple portion was stunning and we were greeted and shown around by a lovely man called Saramwuut (he was not a paid guide but was the kindest soul with great english to show us around and make us feel welcome).
Written April 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Erawan Museum is about 25km southeast of the main part of Bangkok by the Grand Palace, so we combined it with a few other activities and hired a Grab driver for the day. That worked out really nicely.

The three-headed elephant is GIANT, and it stands on a tall plinth, so you can see if from a good distance away. 400 Baht to get in. There's a whole little complex with places to eat and gift shops.

The shrine inside the plinth part of the elephant is very pretty and ornate. You can walk up the stairs to the higher portion or take an elevator. There is one more area up a short set of stars from where the elevator stops. This smaller space has some beautiful statues (butthis area is a no-photos area). Keep in mind that beyond this, there is one more area on the very bottom to see. Go outside of the elephant and find the small doors that lead you in. We almost missed them, but the stuff inside was nice. Finally, walk around the little pond with the colorful elephants and other statuary. The place is kinda weird and very pretty. We enjoyed it.
Written February 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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