Golden Mount & Wat Saket


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Assembled from canal diggings, the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) was intended by Rama III to be clad as a giant chedi. Proving unstable, the rubble was instead reinforced with trees and plants to prevent erosion. Shrines dot the two spiral paths to the summit, where a gilded chedi contains Buddha relics from India and Nepal. Its breezy, bell-chiming concrete terrace offers a wonderful 360° panorama of both old and modern Bangkok. Phu Khao Thong belongs to Wat Saket, which spreads eastward with handsome kuti (monks' quarters), fine murals and a peaceful atmosphere. This wat was where the bodies of people who had died in epidemics were once brought for cremation. Crowds throng through its famous 10-day fair around Loy Krathong.

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Golden Mount & Wat Saket details

344 Chakkraphatdiphong

Area Phra Nakorn

Transport Tha Saphan Phan Fah

Telephone 02 223 4561

Open Temple 8am-5.30pm daily. Golden Mount 7.30am-5.30pm daily.

Admission free.

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