Koh Samui’s century-old architectural monuments attract many international visitors all year round. Many history buffs come here to explore its historic temples, some featuring giant stone carved sculptures and monuments. One popular structure is the Elephant Gate, located off the 4170 Road.
Nestled towards the south-western corner of the Island, this awe-inspiring structure features two huge elephant statues at the entrance to Taling Ngam Village.
Elephant Gate Koh Samui, Thailand
The Elephant Gate was built back in 1979 by a head monk of a local temple. The head monk Pra-kru Pairoj Kiriwong wanted to beautify the entrance to the village so he decided to build a beautiful gate at its entrance. His aim was to encourage all passers-by to visit this quaint village and its beautiful temple.
Each of the gate’s two elephant statues are life-sized representations of an elephant and are well crafted to represent the importance of elephants in local culture. Although this village doesn’t have any popular tourist attractions, you won’t be disappointed when visiting this beautiful and secluded village.
After the recent restoration project, the statues are again in a grand state; however, the original gemstone eyes have been removed from the structures. After the next royal ceremony, gemstone eyes will be again placed back on the elephants. In the the meantime, you will notice painted eyes in the place of the original gemstones.
Visitors to Koh Samui often miss this famous structure, so be sure to take some time out and plan a trip to Taling Ngam to see this beautiful gate.