When it comes to enjoying the best culture Thailand has to offer, nothing epitomizes the Land of Smiles like the stunning array of Bangkok Temples. If you are in the city and are looking to find one of the most prestigious Buddhist temples in Bangkok, you need to visit the impressive Wat Saket temple.
Wat Saket is also known as the Golden Mount and Golden Mountain, or by the Thais, as ‘Phu Khao Thong’, and is known for its breathtaking 58-meter chedi that is home to a Buddha relic that can be seen all year round by tourists. The temple is a low-hill crowned building with a shining golden chedi that really needs to be seen to be believed.
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Not only is Wat Saket open all year for tourists to explore, but also hosts an annual festival in November that coincides with the fascinating Loy Krathong Festival. The temple grounds are extremely scenic and enjoy mature trees, an ordination hall, a library, and some amazing photo opportunities, so do not forget to get some memorable snaps.
The origins of this famous Bangkok temple go back to the time of the Ayutthaya period between 1350 and 1767 AD. The temple and the grounds underwent renovations during the reign of King Rama I way back between 1782 and 1809, most of which still remain intact today.
Sat on a man-made hill, the Golden Mount at Wat Saket is a well-known landmark in the region and is still known as a sacred site today and is a pilgrimage site for some Buddhists. It takes 300 steps to get to the top of the hill, which wraps around the chedi like a winding snake, and although it might be a tough climb for some, it is a simple climb if you avoid the midday sun at the peak of the summer months. An interesting cemetery sits at the bottom of the climb with its spooky overgrown trees and creepy vibes. When you reach the top of the hill, you will enjoy a wall of bells and some majestic and panoramic views of the temple grounds and Bangkok.
Some say that the temple was used as the main crematorium to the city in the late 18th century and was where over 60,000 plague victims were buried.
Temple Fair at Golden Mount
The Temple Fair takes place every year at Golden Mount, usually in November amidst the Loy Krathong Festival. This is one of the most colourful times to visit this stunning Bangkok temple as the chedi is covered in bright red cloths and has a candlelit procession directly to the chedi.
This is a great time to see the temple at its beautiful best and to enjoy Thailand culture. The temple fair is lit up by lots of lanterns, decorative flags, lots of food and drink stalls and even games that bring the temple to life. If you want to see one of the most impressive Bangkok temples, Wat Saket is unmissable.
Map & More
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, off Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
GPS Location: 13.753916, 100.506625