1967: Lek Viriyaphant was inspired by his wish to preserve his collection of antiques which include sacred and auspicious deities believe by people of ancient time to grant abundance to their lands and countries. One day, Lek had a visit from a Westerner guest who during the conversation mentioned the idea of constructing an apple-shaped building in town according to westerners cultural belief. Inspired by the idea, Lek planned to build an elephant-shaped building based on the Eastern belief on Erawan Elephant. However, he didn't perceive the elephant as the vehicle of God Indra. Instead he imagined it as a Cosmic Elephant. When the idea took shape in a drafted design, he then assigned his oldest son Phakphian Viriyaphant to continue the project.
The admission fee is 150 baht for adult and 75 baht for children of Thai citizen. For foreigner, adult is 300 baht and 150 baht for children, which is expensive for an Asian tourists.