At the site that used to house the royal stables of the King's white elephants, since 1988 it is a museum about these extremely rare creatures. They are considered holy animals in Thailand, as a white elephant with six tusks appeared in a dream to Buddha's mother when she conceived her child. This museum tells you all about the history of white elephants in Thailand and the criteria an elephant must meet in order to be considered a 'royal white' elephant.
Uthong Nai Rd
Nearest Transit: MRT Hua Lamphong Station (Lines: Blue)
+66 2 282-3336
Royal Elephant National Museum and Nearby Attractions on Map
Grand Palace(0.9 km)
A must-see attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace complex has the royal residence and the venerated Temple of the Emerald Buddha, apart from throne halls and government offices.
Wat Pho(1.2 km)
Wat Pho, popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn in Thai), is the largest temple of Bangkok, and probably the oldest too, predating the founding of the capital by almost 200 years.
Wat Arun(1.8 km)
Wat Arun, often called the Temple of Dawn, is located on the other side of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi, you can find more information in that district article.
Wat Intharawihan(1.4 km)
This temple is known for the so-called Standing Buddha or Big Buddha (Luang Pho To), a 32-metre-tall golden Buddha image.
Dusit Palace(2.9 km)
The Dusit Palace is a large complex of 13 royal residences and few other buildings built by King Rama V on Rattanakosin Island in the early 20th century.
Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall(1.2 km)
The Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall explores the history of Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok's royal city where the Grand Palace, Wat Po and National Museum are located.
Wat Ratchabophit(1.1 km)
Built by King Rama V in 1869, it was created to keep up with the tradition that each newly-appointed monarch erected a temple to mark his reign.
Memorial Bridge(2.1 km)
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