Wat Saket with its Golden Mount is a landmark monument of Bangkok. Read about Wat Sa Ket in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wat Saket

Location: Ratchadamnoen Klang & Boripihat Roads (Banglamphu Region)
Other Names: Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, Temple of the Golden Mount, Phu Khao Thong
Opening Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Admission Charges: None

Wat Saket, along with its dazzling Golden Mount, forms a landmark monument of Bangkok. The temple dates back to the Ayutthaya period, when it was popular as the Wat Sakae. Reinstated under the rule of Rama I, its premises served as a cremation site during that period. In fact, during the reign of King Rama II, about 30,000 plaque victims were brought here for cremation. Thus, the Wat Saket, that forms one of the most eye-catching of all the monasteries in Thailand, was nothing but a burial site in olden times.

Today, the temple is spectacular in its own rights. Nevertheless, what marks its unmatched significance is the glittering Golden Mount, an artificial hill constructed under the regime of King Rama III. Before the hill was erected, the king tried to build a chedi (stupa) here. However, the soft soil failed to hoist the structure and collapsed with the weight. Therefore, strong piles of mud and bricks were stacked to sustain its burden. Soon after, during King Rama IV's regime, teak logs were added to prop up the hill, along with a chedi to top the structure.

Wat SaketHowever, the chedi, as it stands today, saw erection only after a few years, during the rule of King Rama V. He interred the mount with the first holy relics of Buddha in the year 1877. The second interment took place in 1899, after Lord Curzon presented Rama V with Buddha relics unearthed from the Nepalese border. His Majesty encased these holy remnants in a bronze pagoda and installed it on top of the Golden Mount. Therafter, the Wat Saket emerged as a source of utmost awe and veneration among the Buddhists.

The towering chedi of the temple, enclosed with glittery gold mosaic tiles, is the most revered site. It crowns the rooftop terrace and calls for a steep climb of 318 steps. On reaching the terrace, one can not only have a close view of the mount, but also have an aerial view of the breathtaking vistas spread below, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Democracy Monument and glimpses of Bangkok's business districts. Wat Saket temple invites many visitors with its beauty and religious significance, more often than not, during its popular temple fair held in October/ November.

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