The glittering city of Bangkok is a treat for the senses. The metropolis blends new with old: luxury hotels like Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18, gleaming shopping malls and fine dining restaurants, stand alongside golden temples that glisten in the sunlight and marketplaces set up on the water. There is plenty to experience in Thailand, start by booking a hotel in Bangkok, city views are spectacular across the rooftops, especially at sunset.
Golden Mount is also known by the names of ‘Wat Saket’ and ‘Phu Khao Thong’. It is a man-made hill that was built during the time of Rama III using earth dug up during the construction of Bangkok’s klorng network. The site culminates in a one hundred metre tall, five hundred metre wide chedi or stupa. It holds a sacred relic that draws worshippers all year round. The temple complex includes a main chapel, ordination hall, library and several shady trees, which date back to the Ayutthaya period. An old, overgrown cemetery sits at the base of the Golden Mount. Wat Saket operated as a crematorium and dumping ground for over sixty thousand people who died of the plague in the late 18th century.
Every year in November a temple fair is held during Loy Krathong. Pilgrims make a special journey to Wat Saket during this weeklong period of worship. Three hundred steps circle the chedi to take them to the top, where a wall of bells is located to greet visitors. The historic landmark is draped in red cloth, colourful lanterns and flags are also used to adorn the premises. The festivities are launched with a candlelit procession. Food stall are set up in the temple grounds, along with games and activities for worshippers and fairgoers. The crowds gather from early evening to past midnight.
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