Post meeting, but pre-Paul, found me with free time on Friday afternoon. It also found me still in the company of my clients, who in (I guess) true Thai/Asian hospitality fashion simply could not understand the concept of me being alone and ‘lonely’ as their guest in the city, so felt obliged to make sure I was entertained. Despite some communication gaps between us, they were very nice. I was with a young guy and a young girl who seemed eager to get to know me and asked questions about the USA and Singapore. It worked out well, because I decided to go see the Erawan Museum, but had no idea where it was, how to get there, and what to expect. Luckily, they had a van for the day to take us to and fro, and so off to the Erawan Museum we went.
What is the Erawan Museum you ask. Well… It’s as if Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali, got together and had a Thai love child. Which is to say, it’s this amazingly wonderful, very creative, architectural folly, rising out above the trees off of the Thai equivalent of Route 66.
For a more proper explanation let’s try this (thanks Wikipedia):
Erawan Museum (Thai: พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ) is a museum in Samut Prakan, Thailand. It is well known for its giant three-headed elephant art display. The three storeys inside the elephant contain antiquities and priceless collections of ancient religious objects belonging to Khun Lek Viriyapant who is the museum owner.
Click here to learn more about the symbolism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erawan_Museum
Good times indeed. The museum is a super large, vision of an elephant with Three Heads. Yes, you read that correctly. Inside is a wonderland to be discovered, where pottery is used to for decorative elements, every surface is treated with pattern, and someones imagination ran wild. This elephant is big, real big. When you come around the corner on the highway you suddenly see it looming over the trees. You start at the base, where there are vases and antiques on display. Then you climb a staircase concealed in the back leg, up to the main body (about three stories) and inside is a temple to Buddha. The whole thing is very trippy. The grounds are filled with sculptures and garden paths.
I’m super glad I got to spend some time with our client to see this place, I don’t think I could have made it out there on my own.