Wat Saket is one of the older temples in Bangkok dating back to the Ayutthaya era when it was also named as the Wat Sakae. The temple is situated on top of an artificial man made hill and was once the highest point in Bangkok. It was known to offer remarkable views of the city from the top. History suggests that it was used for cremation ceremonies during the reign of King Rama II. After a few renovations done by a succession of Kings, the final temple was erected by King Rama V. Popularly known as the Golden Mount, this low hill was crowned with a gleaming Gold Chedi. The current structure, a 58 meter tall Chedi enshrines a relic of the Buddha, said to be from India or Nepal and handed over by the British to King Rama V. To reach the top of the Golden Mount, one has to climb an exhausting 318 steps. On a clear weather day, you can see the Old city and the rooftops of Bangkok
houses from the top.

 

The Temple fair at the Golden Mount

Every year around October to mid – November it is renowned to hold a very important temple fair of Bangkok during the Loy Kratung festival. The festivity starts after the annual worshipping ceremony of the relic of Buddha enshrined inside this temple. The Golden Chedi is draped in massive red cloth and festivities galore across the temple compound. The range of festivities include but are not limited to the setting up of food stalls, theatrical performances, animal circuses and a whole host of other gala events. The week long festival includes a candle lit procession to the top of the Golden Mount. It is advised to reach the temple early during the day to avoid standing in very long queues.

The Temple opens in the morning at 9 am and is open until 5’O clock in the evening.