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Chang Ton (Royal Elephant) National Museum

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Address: Dusit Palace, U Thong Nai Road, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
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If you are fascinated by white elephants and have a desire to learn more about them, then this is a great place to learn. Very few tourists, displays are in English and Thai, the... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2013
Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

There are meant to be two sections to this museum but one half was closed. There is a bit of information about white elephants in the first section, however the brochure shows more stuff and a huge elephant statue. That was not there. Disappointing. Spend ten minutes here, but nothing more.

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Reviewed 30 August 2013

This single floor building is based in the vimaneck palace grounds on the dusit zoo side. It's has a little information about the history and reasons for the white elephant being important. Death by elephant was an interesting punishment! However it's very small and takes 15 mins to visit

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Reviewed 9 January 2013

If you are fascinated by white elephants and have a desire to learn more about them, then this is a great place to learn. Very few tourists, displays are in English and Thai, the exhibits quite tired, but, overall a good explanation of the role of white elephants and how they are selected. If you have no interest in white... More 

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When wandering around the Dusit Palace grounds, you'd almost forget you're still in a Southeast-Asian city. The Renaissance-style buildings and leafy gardens wouldn't be out of place in an European capital, and the serenity here is in stark contrast with the chaotic city life outside of its complex walls. Dusit is one of Bangkok's oldest districts, and while the rest of Bangkok is modernising at a rapid pace, Dusit seems to have stood the test of time. Come here to find family businesses in traditional shophouses, small-scale local markets and streets unfazed by modern city life.
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