Wat Saket

Wat Saket, commonly known as the Golden Mount or 'Phu Khao Thong', is a prominent landmark in the historic district of Bangkok Old Town. This iconic temple dates back to the Ayutthaya era, when it was known as Wat Sakae. When Bangkok became the capital, King Rama I renovated the temple and gave it its present name. The main feature of Wat Saket is the 80-meter-high hill crowned with a gleaming gold chedi, which houses a Buddha relic and offers panoramic views of Bangkok.

The Golden Mount, artificially built up high over several decades, was the highest point in Bangkok for a long time. To reach the top, visitors must ascend an easy climb of 300 steps, winding around the hill and providing a unique journey through lush greenery and tranquility, contrasting sharply with the city's bustling streets. The temple grounds echo with the sounds of bells, while the scent of incense fills the air, adding to the spiritual ambiance. At the summit, the golden chedi is a sight to behold. It is surrounded by a balcony where people can pay respects to the Buddha relic and soak in the stunning 360-degree view of Bangkok.

Wat Saket serves not only as a place of worship but also hosts an annual temple fair in November, which lasts a week during Loy Krathong. The fair attracts crowds from across Thailand for a lively celebration filled with food stalls, games, performances, and traditional rituals. The temple is illuminated beautifully during this time, making it a truly enchanting sight. Regardless of when you visit, Wat Saket provides a peaceful respite from the city and a glimpse into Thailand's rich cultural heritage.

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