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Elephant Kraal Ayutthaya


Elephant Kraal Ayutthaya


  • The Elephant Kraal is worthy of a visit. During the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, elephants were the principal war machine, heavy transport service and product for export to India and Persia.
  • The Kraal as shown in the pictures here is a hug enclosure made of solid brick walls in which is an inner wall comprised of huge wooden pillars driven deep into the ground to log in elephants. There are two elephants entrances, one at the back wall through which elephants are led into the enclosure and the '' front gate '' through which selected elephants pass to be kept for domestic, war or export trade purposes. These two elephant gates also have wooden pillars, but ones which are movable when required.
  • In the center of the Kraal is a temple which is a pavilion housing the image of Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu God.
  • Outside the back wall is a second enclosure also made of the same wooden pillars which forms a funnel into which elephants would be driven, finding their way then into the walled Kraal for observation from the pavilion over looking the complete event.
  • Elephants were captured from wild herds by men riding tame elephants who used long bamboo poles with a leather nooses.



Elephant Kraal Ayutthaya



Elephant Kraal Ayutthaya