Wat Saket and Golden Mount

Bangkok Guidebook

Bangkok Guidebook

This landmark, on the only hill in Bangkok, 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.

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.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Address: 344 Chakkraphatdiphong Road

Tel: 0 2233-4561 (office); 0 2621 0576 (Golden Mount)

To get there: Bus route 15, 37, 47, 49

Open: 07.30-17.30 daily

Admission: free to the temple; 10฿ to the Golden Mount.

Nearby Places/Attractions: Wat Ratchanatdaram, Democracy Mounment, Wat Suthat