One of the most sacred places that can be found in Thailand. Be sure to visit this place to enjoy one of the best locations in this country.
Golden Mountain Temple – the most sacred place you should visit when traveling Bangkok
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Wat Saket is located in the heart of the capital, near the km 0 and is located on a low hill. Standing from the distance, the temple is easily recognizable through a gilded tower of gold, up to 58m high. Surrounding Wat Saket is a luxuriant vegetation, setting the scene as if stepping into the green forest, dispelling the tropical heat characteristic.
The temple dates back to the Ayuthaya period (1350-1767) and was restored several times under King Rama I (1782-1809). Inside the tower contains relics of Buddha and welcomes worshipers all year round. To reach this sacred place, visitors must go through more than 300 steps winding around like a snake. The walkways are widely arranged, with steps of moderate height and safety, often with signs for visitors to pay attention.
Although not a devotee, the path to Wat Saket’s tower still captivates any visitor, especially nature lovers, landscapes, and photographers. From here, the entire city of Bangkok is sparkling, splendid as a perfect blend of old and modern, between the skyscrapers and glittering golden stupas.
In Bangkok, it is hard to say which temple is the most sacred, but every year, countless people and visitors still visit Wat Saket with a fierce belief that the place always bestows “the best wishes”. Part of this belief comes from the long history of Wat Saket – one of Bangkok’s oldest temples – and the story of the cremation of more than 60,000 pandemic victims.
By the end of the 18th century, the Thai capital had suffered unprecedented epidemics that left tens of thousands of people dead. The corpses were lined up in Wat Saket for cremation, but the number of days increased, gradually piling up, became a prey to the vultures to rid the body. Later, the temple was chanted by monks, prayers for the dead souls. The events that make Wat Saket always bring a sense of calm, quiet, separate compared to many other tourist attractions.
Each year, around November, the temple has a large festival following the Buddhist relics, usually held on the occasion of Loy Krathong. During this time, the top of the tower will be covered with a huge red cloth, accompanied by a grandiose candle-lit procession marking the beginning of the festive season filled with joy. This is considered a rare opportunity to experience a large-scale festival.
This occasion brings together a great number of visitors, including the followers, the family, and the players, standing at the temple grounds from the beginning of the night until late at night for a week. It is advisable to go to the temple as soon as possible after you leave the sun.
Note when visiting the Golden Mountain:
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily. If you buy tickets at 17:00, you can still roam in the temple until 19:00.
Ticket price: 20 baht / person (over 10,000 VND).
Dress: Polite, discreet.
At the tower, visitors can burn candles, light incense, plug the lotus into the vase and pray. No one is paying for these services, but you can contribute an arbitrary amount to the compartment of merit.
Visitors can climb the wooden stairs to the top of the tower, covering the whole city of Bangkok with the most beautiful sunset time. The area also has free wifi for visitors to access the internet but it is very flickering, there are often times congestion.
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