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