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DailyOperating time: 08.30 - 17.00
Chakkraphatdiphong Road, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel. +66 2621 0576
Category : Temple budiste, Evenimente şi monumente
Attraction Details :
Wat Saket – The Golden Mount Temple is a royal temple located outside the city wall on Mahanak Canal and Rop Krung Canal, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok. It is an ancient temple called “Wat Sa Kae” dating back in Ayutthaya period. King Rama I renovated the temple and gave it its present name “Wat Saket”.
During King Rama I's reign, he ordered the renovation and the excavation of a canal around the temple and gave it a new name “Wat Saket” which means to wash the King's hair. There are evidences mentioning the temple in King Chulalongkorn's book saying that King Rama I stayed here after having suppressed the riot in Thonburi and he ascended to the throne in 1782.
The golden chedi was built in the reign of King Rama III as an imitation of the golden mount in Ayutthaya era. It had first been designed as a Prang in twelve-indented corners but the construction was not successful at that time. Later, during the reign of Rama IV, the design had been changed into a chedi on the top of the hill as a place to enshrine the sacred Buddha's relics but was unsuccessful again. It was finally completed with the height of 77 metres in the reign of King Rama V and named “Suwanbanpot”.
On the top of Suwanbanpot, located the chedi of the sacred Buddha's relics found in Kapilavastu which has become a famous tourist attraction. The relics were proven that they belonged to the Buddha because there is an inscription on them. Prince Prisdang, who was a monk in India at that time, sent the relics to the King as he was the only Buddhist King back then.
Visitors are welcomed everyday from 08.30-17.00 for free. For more information, please visit www.watsrakesa.com