The Golden Mount , Wat Saket, Bangkok

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

The Golden Mount in Bangkok is one of my favorite places to bring my relatives to when they visit the City of Angels. It is a lovely temple that gives you a great view on the city.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

A little bit of history
Wat Srakesa Rajavaramahavihara, commonly known as Wat Saket, Phukao Thong, and the Golden Mount, is one of the most revered temples in all of Thailand. The construction of the Golden Mount took place under the decree and sponsorship of King Rama III of the Royal House of Chakri and completed in the reigh of King Rama IV in 1865. It was 100 meters high with around 500 meters in diameter.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

Later in 1897, King the Buddha’s relics brought from the Grand Palace on the stupa atop the Golden Mount. The King paid a visit to the Golden Mount again in 1899 to deposit the Buddha’s relics the Kingdom had received as gift from the Government of india. In 1954, His Majesty King Bhumibol attended a ceremony of depositing a Buddha’s relic at the Golden Mount Chedi for the third time.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

How to go there?
The Golden Mount is located on Rattanakosin Island, the historic centre of Bangkok, where most of Bangkok’s “must see” sights can be found, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

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