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Royal elephants in full splendour

New museum allows the public to learn about the history and significance of pachyderms to Thailand and its monarchy

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At first glance, I thought a white elephant with a pair of long curvy tusks, standing tall and graceful in a royal stable, was real. I was wrong. It is a life-size model of one of Thailand's most important royal white elephants, named Phra Savet Adulyadej Phahana. It is part of a permanent exhibition on two major kinds of royal Thai elephants _ white and auspicious _ at the newly-opened Royal Elephants' Stable Museum at the Chitralada Royal Palace, Bangkok. 

The life-size model of HM the King’s first royal white elephant, named Phra Savet Adulyadej Phahana.

The museum was visited by His Majesty the King on Nov 26 last year, officially opened by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on May 13 this year and has been welcoming the general public since last month. Under the supervision of the Royal Chitralada Projects, the museum consists of two former stables for royal elephants covering a total area of 176m2, as well as outdoor exhibition space and a nearby pond for the royal elephants to swim in.

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