Wat Saket

Wat Saket, Bangkok 2012

The Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan also called Wat Sraket or Temple of the Golden Mountain, English Golden Mount Temple, is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok. It is located in the district of Pom Prap Sattru Phai. Wat Saket is a Royal Temple Second Class.

In the western part of the temple district is a 79-meter-high, artificially-infused mountain, crowned with a Golden Chedi, to which 318 steps lead. It is one of Bangkok’s greatest attractions.

The complex goes back to the small, unimportant temple Wat Sakae from the time of the Ayutthaya Empire. The name means ‘temple of the Sakae tree’. For example, the seeds are used in this traditional tree as well as in modern medicine.

 

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