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Loha Prasat (Metal Palace)

Built in 1846, this temple is another often forgotten sight worth seeing in Bangkok. Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara’s other name is Loha Prasat (Metal Palace). At 36 meters tall, this striking structure design mimics a pyramid. Its eye-catching signature are the 37 spires that adorn it. These symbolize the 37 precepts required in Buddhist teaching before gaining enlightenment. The look is inspired by ancient Sri Lankan temple design. Right now, it’s the only remaining example of this style in the world. At the very top, there’s also a Buddha relic enshrined.

Fun facts:

  • It was submitted to UNESCO as a potential World Heritage Site in 2005, however there has been no confirmation yet.
  • Loha Prasat used to be a striking metal color (cast-iron). It’s only been recently that the spires have changed to be golden in color. The restoration work is still ongoing.

Need to know:

Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm.

You can go into Loha Prasat (Metal Palace) and access the viewing platform for a different view from the top. Entrance or donation fee of THB 20 applies for non-Thais, THB 10 for Thais – but it’s free for children under 15. It’s only a brief stroll from ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtaiand is easily combined with a trip to The Golden Mount.

Remember, as this is a temple, the usual Thai temple etiquette and dress code applies. Women need to cover their shoulders and both sexes should wear proper attire.

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