Golden Mount, Bangkok
Wat Saket, “The temple of the Golden Mount” is one of Bangkok’s oldest temples dating back to the Ayutthaya era, which lasted until 1767. During the Ayutthaya period, the temple was known as Wat Sakae, then it was renamed and restored as Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan by King Rama I.
Wat Saket is famous for its 80-meter tall hill called “Golden Mount” and the huge gilded stupa on top of it. This ‘mountain’ formed by the debris of a collapsed chedi commissioned to be built by King Rama III. Later King Rama IV made the hill higher with large numbers of logs to prevent the soil from sinking any further, and he had a small stupa build on top. In the 1940s the hill was reinforced again using concrete.
The gilded stupa existing today dates from the reign of King Rama V. the huge chedi contain relics of Buddha which was brought from India.
The Wat Saket was used as a crematorium for the poor people who could not afford a funeral or cremation. During the reign of King Rama II, an epidemic killed ten thousand poor people who were brought here to be cremated. The cemetery and its surrounding area became to be known as ‘Ghost Gate.’
The journey to the top of the mount is more than 300 steps. There are several resting points and viewpoint in the middle. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, you can get the best view of Bangkok which is surely going to mesmerize you. Here you can enjoy the best sunset view in Bangkok.
You can also be a part of an annual festival, which lasts a week during Loy Krathong. During this time, worshippers ascend the mount with candlelight, and the golden chedi is covered with a bright red cloth to mark the celebration of the festival. It’s the best way to be a part of the tradition.
The opening hours of the Wat Saket and the Golden Mount are from 9 am until 7 pm daily. Admission to the temple Wat Saket is free and to reach chedi at the top of the mountain will cost you only 50 Baht.
The exact location of the place is between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, off Ratchadamnoen Klang Road.