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Built as the stables for a sacred white elephant given to King Rama V, the buildings have been home to numerous sacred royal elephants since then.
Today the museum displays various elephant paraphernalia including mahout tools, elephant accessories and images and descriptions of royal elephant ceremonies.
Elephants are considered to be some of the most important animals in Thai history; the sacred white elephants are the most important of all and one of the nation's most rare gems. Actually brown albinos, when white elephants are found they are immediately made property of the King. Belief considers them to be sacred beings and throughout their lives they are treated as such. Very expensive to keep, only one white elephant is currently kept inside the palace compound. The Royal Elephant National Museum explores in detail the history of white elephants in Thailand.
Admission is 250 baht, which includes entrance to some of the other exhibitions at Dusit Park as well
How to get there
The museum is in the Dusit Park complex. Buses 5, 18, 56, 70, 72, 503 and 515 are easily accessible.
Last updated on 16th February, 2012.