Wat Saket, popularly known as the Temple of the Golden Mount, is one of the oldest temples of Bangkok and is an important landmark of the city.
Located on a 80 meter high hilltop, not far from the Grand Palace, this temple offers visitors a panoramic view over the old town of Bangkok.
With its golden stupa on top that is illuminated after dawn, Golden Mount has a shiny and mystic appearance after dark.
The Wat Saket compound is a and popular spot for many locals and tourists alike. Dating back to the Ayutthaya era, Wat Phu Khao Thong was constructed during the reign of King Rama IIII. Unfortunately, the chedi collapsed during construction because the soft soil of Bangkok could not support the weight.
Over the next few decades, the abandoned mud-and-brick structure acquired the shape of a natural hill and was overgrown with weeds. It was neglected for many years until concrete embankments were added to the hill in the 1940’s to keep the structure from collapsing. All around the Wat are the accommodation where the monks live and go to school.
To reach the temple, visitors need to climb 380 steps uphill, with large parts of the patch leading through lush vegetation. At the top of Golden Mount crowds circle around the central stupa holding gifts and donations for the temple.
Every year, during the week of Loy Krathong, the golden chedi is draped in bright red cloth and a carnival erupts around it, with food and trinket stalls, theatrical performances, animal circuses, and other attractions.
Location: 344 ถนน บริพัตร Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok
How to get there: It's recommended to take a taxi. Nearest BTS stations: Siam Station or Ratchathewi Station
Opening Hours: 8 AM- 5 PM
Entrance Fee: 70 THB