369/38 Soi 26, Phahon Yothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
The Chang Building or Elephant Building is a high-rise located on Paholyothin Road and Ratchadaphisek Road, in the northern Bangkok district of Chatuchak. The building is one of the most famous buildings in Thailand due to its unique elephantine characteristics. The design and construction was a collaborative effort between Dr Arun Chaisaree and architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu. The building has 32 floors and is 102m (335ft) high. Completed in 1997, the Elephant Building was awarded number 4 for the "20 World's Most Iconic Skyscrapers" by CNNGo in February 2011. The Chand Building is a national landmark that references actual and symbolic elephants that have been an integral part of Thai culture, industry and religion for centuries. The three towers (A, B, and C) make up the animal shape, which can be seen best along the Expressway. On the right edge of the building you can also see the details of an eye and tusk. It is a fun and playful construction that will intrigue and excite children of all ages. While it may not be worth a direct visit, the building attracts thousands of tourists annually for its grandeur.
Tips: The building is clearly visible on the Vibhavadi Rangsit expressway when coming into Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi airport.
Last updated on Wednesday 9 October 2013