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Royal Elephant Museum – Majestic Past

The Thai Capital of Bangkok has always been a tourist hot spot with numerous attractions in and around it. Regarded as one of Bangkok’s smallest less known museums is located in the premises of the Dusit palace complex. Dedicated to the royal elephants of Thailand the museum consists of two buildings which were once elephant stables.

Known to be a famous tourist destination there is no shortage for accommodation choices in Bangkok. There are countless number of hotels, motels, villas, hostels and recently a growing number of Bangkok serviced apartments have also been in the rise. One that has gained significant prominence among those who prefer serviced apartments has been,Somerset Lake Point Bangkok. These star class apartments are located on a prime location in the city and offer maximum comfort and luxury during your stay.

The Royal elephant museum, as mentioned above, was the stables of the elephants up until the reign of King Rama V. However with the stables moving locations the one at the Dusit palace remained unused. In 1974, the stables were declared a site of national heritage by the Fine Arts Department. It was only in 1988 that the stable was transformed into a museum under the proposal of the ministry of Education.

The exhibits here are well descriptive and give an insight into the rich Thai heritage. These exhibits provide a deep insight into the white elephants of Thailand. There are life size sculptures as well as other curios such as tusks as well as collection of photographs from past royal ceremonies. Some of the ceremonies include the naming of the royal elephant.

The museum is free to enter and is open daily from 8 am till 4 pm. Some of the other attractions in close proximity include the beautifully landscaped gardens of the palace as well as the marble temple.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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