"Wat Saket/Golden Mount" Golden Mount - Wat Saket Tip by Willettsworld

Golden Mount - Wat Saket, Bangkok: 47 reviews and 95 photos

Wat Saket sits on top of the Golden Mount which is not a natural outcrop, but an artificial hill. During the reign of King Rama III (1787?1851) the decision was made to build a chedi (stupa) of huge dimensions to add to the Wat Saket temple. However, the large chedi collapsed during the construction process because the soft soil beneath would not support it. The resulting mud-and-brick hillock was left alone for about half a century, taking the shape of a natural hill and becoming overgrown with weeds. Finally under King Rama IV, a small Chedi was built on the hilltop. This smaller structure was finished under King Rama V (1853?1910), when a Buddha relic from India was housed in the chedi. In the 1940s the surrounding concrete walls were built to prevent the hill from eroding.

Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: 20B.

Address: Bus No. 8, 15, 37, 47, 97 Air Con Bus No. 38, 49
Phone: 66-2-233 4561
Website: https://www.facebook.com/watsraket

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 25, 2009
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