Elephant Kraal Pavilion
Chao Sam Praya National Museum houses various archaeological objects and antiques discovered in Ayudhya province. These objects, including ancient treasures from Ratburana Temple, Mahatat Temple, and Sri Suriyothai Chedi, are invaluable in terms of historical and cultural importance for historians and archaeologists alike. Read more
Apart from being the location where the Buddha’s relics are enshrined, Wat Pramahatad is also the place where statues of the Kattukam and Rammatep kings are kept. This is an ancient temple with a delicate structure. It has been maintained by the Ayudhya Kings and the Rattanakosin reign. Read more
After the second fall of Ayutthaya, most of the temples and palaces were destroyed. However, Nag Phra Men Temple was the only one not burnt down because it was located close to the royal palace around which the Burmese army billeted. The temple was built in 1504, the era of Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. King Rama III ordered its reconstruction including the chapel. Read more
Wat Tammikarat is a royal temple surrounded by many large pillars. It is one of the biggest royal temples of the Ayudhya Kingdom. Despite some damage, it still shows traces of embellishment. Originally, it was the enshrinement of Luang Por Tammikarat – the villagers called him Luang Por Kae (old) since he had an old face. One of the biggest Buddha images made by U-thong artisans is today preserved in the Jao Sampraya National Museum. Read more
SACICT covers a large area on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. There are also other interesting places such as Pla palace, Suan Nok (bird garden). An event is held by the SACICT at the Chao Phraya River annually during Loy Krathong festival, which is very popular. Read more
A unique elephant experience
Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal Pavilion can be found in the Ayutthaya historical park. In the past wild elephants would be trained here to become war or transport animals. Today it is an elephant camp where mahouts bring elephants to rest after demonstrations at Wat Mongkolbopit, Ayutthaya's city island. These elephants come from many provinces such as Surin and Chaiyapum.
The Elephant Kraal Pavilion is in Suan-Prik sub district, Ayutthaya, about five kilometres from the town
The Elephant Kraal Pavilion was at Wat Song or currently Krung Kao District Administration Office from the days of the Ayutthaya kingdom until King Maha Chakrapat's reign. In 1580, King Maha Thammaracha expanded the city wall to Wat Song so the Kraal was relocated outside. It declined during the fall of Ayutthaya before restoration in the reigns of King Rama I, King Rama III, and again King Rama V. Westerners were very interested in the capture of elephants. Memoirs of Chavalier de Chaumont, the French ambassador to Thailand in the reign of King Narai the Great, state that he once attended this trapping ceremony. The last traditional elephant round-up was held during King Rama Vs reign as a ceremony for royal guests, Tsar Nicholas II and Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich – the two kings of Russia
The Kraal is made of brick walls to form a square. There is an inner stockade made of hundreds of large timbers. In the center of the kraal is a Hindu temple. Tourists can take elephant rides or just watch the 90 plus animals of all ages that currently live there. It is possible to stay for a few days to learn about how the elephants are trained and cared for.