The Golden Mount, Wat Saket in Bangkok
One of the sights that I wanted to see and visit when travelling to Thailand two years ago, was the Golden Mount Wat Saket, Bangkok (Phu Khao Thong, in Thai: ภูเขาทอง)). The official Thai name for the Golden Mountain in Bangkok is Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan (Thai: วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร), in fact, a very long name that is usually shortened to ‘Wat Saket’ 🙂 This Buddhist temple is situated in the heart of Bangkok, about two kilometres from Khao San Road so that you can walk there easily. The Golden Mount can be considered as one of the symbols of Bangkok.
Golden Mount, Wat Saket in Bangkok
The Golden Mountain, Wat Saket was build in the era of the Ayutthaya kingdom (1351 to 1767). It was then known as Wat Sakae which means literally translated ‘temple of the Sakae tree’. Wat Saket was majorly renovated during King Rama I’s reign (1782-1809).
The first impression that you get of the Golden Mountain, Wat Saket is that this is a very majestic and awe-inspiring place since this low man-made hill is crowned with a golden chedi. In the chedi house there is a Buddha relic that Buddhists come to worship. Hence, it can be considered a sacred pilgrimage site. In order to get to the chedi you need to climb up 318 steps. Thus, it takes maybe 10 to 15 minutes to get to the top. In point of fact, it seems as if these steps encircle the chedi of the Golden Mountain, Wat Saket like a coiled snake. Before I forget to mention it, there is also a nice shady little café halfway up 🙂 I stopped there with my relatives accompanying me. There we also met a few monks and we greeted them and made merit. Unfortunaly, I don’t have a picture of us in the café.
Approaching the top of the hill of the Golden Moutain Wat Saket, you will find a Buddhist temple and shrine. People also make wishes and pray for good luck there.
Last but not least, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Bangkok in all directions. This is in fact very impressive! I’ve also made a small video for you with impressions of my visit to the Golden Mount 🙂
In a nutshell, I can say that it’s truly worth visiting the Golden Mount, Wat Saket in Bangkok, first of all because of the marvellous view that you have there of the city in all directions 🙂 There used to be free entry but since last year the fee is 20 Bath per person. However, it’s still a moderate price for this impressive view. Have you been to the Golden Mountain Wat Saket?
(all photos in this post are my own, unless otherwise stated)