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Bangkok Page 43, Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan / The Golden Mount, in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok, Thailand.

This landmark, on the only hill in Bangkok, in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok, Thailand, .is of great significance for all followers of The Lord Buddha. 320 stairs take you up to the top for panoramic views of the Rattanakosin Island.


The Golden Mount is on a man-made hill with a diameter of 500 metres and soars 100 metres to the sky. There was a small Chedi on this site and after it collapsed, King Rama III commissioned the constructed of a much larger one which was completed during the reign of King Rama V.


In 1877, King Rama V brought the Buddha relic in the custody of the Royal Chakri family from the Grand Palace to the Royal Pavilion at Wat Saket. It was then enshrined in the in the pagoda on top of the Golden Mount.


Two decades later, Marquis Curzon, the British Viceroy of India, presented more Buddha relics near the Nepalese border to King Rama V.  These were enshrined in a bronze pagoda in 1899 and installed on the top of the Golden Mount.


Before beginning the climb, you will find an unusual cemetery built into the base of the Golden Mount. There is a strange feeling around here, perhaps this is because in the late 18th century, Wat Saket served as the capital's crematorium and the dumping ground for some 60,000 plague victims. Arriving near the top of the hill, you will be welcomed by a wall of bells and panoramas of historic Bangkok.


The temple, Wat Saket, was built during the reign of King Rama I and is the location for a festival each November that includes a climb to the top of the Golden Mount.

How to get there : Bus route 15, 37, 47, 49


Open daily : 7.30 am. - 5.30 pm.  Admission : 10 Baht  Tel : 0 2621 0576


Bangkok Page 43, Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan / The Golden Mount, in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok, Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan / The Golden Mount, in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district,

Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok Page 44, Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, Golden Mount
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