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Golden Jubilee Monument Bangkok (Erawan Statue) A Must-See!

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The Golden Jubilee Monument featuring a four-headed (not the typical 3-headed) elephant statue is to be found in the middle of a pedestrian crossing island on Ratchadamnoen Road, Bangkok, Thailand. This statue marks the Golden Jubilee of King Rama IX of Thailand. If you are taking a self-directed walking tour of Bangkok, this beautiful gleaming white statue is a a point of interest to include on your explorations.

Golden Jubillee Monument Erawan 4 headed elephant statue
The Golden Jubilee Monument Bangkok features a four-headed elephant or Erawan statue and honours King Rama IX of Bangkok

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King Rama IV Golden Jubilee Monument

King Rama IV, Bhumibol Adulyadej or Phumiphon Adunyadet was the much-loved king of Thailand from June 9 1946 to Oct 13 1916. He was titled King Bhumibol the Great in 1987 and was the ninth king of Thailand of the Chakri dynasty, making this king, Rama IX. He was the world’s longest-reigning current head of state from 1989 to 2016.

He was the second longest reigning monarch in world history at the time of his death, age 88. Queen Elisabeth of the UK went on to claim this place in history. (source: Bangkok Post)

King Rama IV’s Golden Jubilee was in 1996, to mark 50 years on the throne.

King Rama IX was the father of the current (2023) king of Thailand, King Rama X, King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

There is also a King Rama IX Golden Jubilee Temple in the Dusit district of Bangkok, where you will also find the new palace and Dusit Zoo.

Golden Jubilee Monument Location

The Golden Jubilee Monument is located on Ratchadamnoen Road, Bangkok, Thailand, very close to Pinklao Bridge on Rattanakosin Island in Phra Nakhon district.

As the monument is on an island in the middle of the road, visitors can get here by using the pedestrian crossings on either side of the island.

Where is this four-headed elephant statue? The location of the monument is marked on the map here.

How To Get To The Golden Jubilee Monument in Bangkok

The monument is approximately 5 minute’s walk from the temple end (Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan) of Khao San Rd, on the way to the Grand Palace. Turn left where Khao San Rd joins Chao Fa Rd and follow the footpaths to the traffic island.

If you’re travelling to this area by taxi or tuk tuk, it’s probably easiest to ask to be dropped off at the temple end of the Khao San Rd.

This four headed elephant statue is just one of the hundreds of beautiful things to see and experience in Bangkok, one of our favourite cities in the world. We have dozens more posts about places of interest in Bangkok, just check out our Bangkok archives here. Alternatively read up on Thailand with kids.

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