Wat Saket is a Buddhist temple located in the Pom Prap Sattru Phai district of Bangkok and is also known as Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan. Wat Saket is situated on a mountain, a steep artificial hill commonly known as the Golden Mount or the Phu Khao Thong. This devout place of the Golden Mount safe keeps a relic of Lord Buddha. Phu Khao Thong has lately become a highly admired location.
The gold chedi of the Wat Saket was once the highest point in the capital and this artificially built hill gives a spectacular view around the area and narrates a wonderful and interesting history. This mountain was built by King Rama III back in the 1800’s, before the chedi, and the mountain was built during the Ayutthaya Era the Wat Saket for the purpose of cremation ceremonies. Over 30000 bodies were laid to rest underneath this soil. It was Rama V who built the chedi that’s shines golden on the mountain top, safeguarding in it a relic of Lord Buddha given to him by a British from India.
Wat Saket is not frequented as visitors opt for the more renounced site of the Golden Mount. To reach the top of the mountain one should climb an extent of 318 steps and the prize of an astounding view awaits you. With an eagle eye view, one could see the Rattanakosin Island and the hefty rooftops of the city from up the hill. The temple brings a calm and serene nature to this knoll and the fortunate visitor would see the chedi and the mountain as an impressive sight even at a distant. Its historical and religious importance is what attracts the people most to this divine destination.
Wat Saket holds a magnificent event every late October which lasts till mid November during the days of full moon. It’s one of the most important temple fairs that are held in Bangkok which is popularly known as the Loy Kratong festival. This festival carries such vivid pageants and the whole of Golden Mount is wrapped with a red clothe during these 9 days. The community around Wat Saket lights up with a mood of festivities with theatrical performances, freak shows, animal circuses, food and trinket stalls. Another feature of this annual carnival is the candlelight procession which goes up Phu Khao Thong to the Chedi which is a remarkable spectacle.
Wat Saket is a beautiful and a captivating location one should visit to feast on its historical depth and picturesque beauty. On your visit to this metropolis the favorable choice of accommodation is a Serviced Apartment in Bangkok, Somerset Sukhumvit Thonglor Bangkok is an amazing spot for Sukhumvit Apartments striving to provide you nothing short of a luxuriating break away from the hustle of everyday life.