Often overlooked by even residents of Bangkok, The Golden Mount (Wat Saket) is a true hidden gem. An actual man-made mountain 77 meters high, this temple under Royal Patronage is a must-visit for people looking for sweeping views of Bangkok. Surrounded by lush greenery, it dates back to the Ayutthaya period. Beyond just the stunning views, the temple also houses many Buddha images, including a Buddha relic from India. It becomes very popular with locals during the Songkran Thai New Year celebrations and the Loy Krathong festival in November.
You might be surprised to come across a slightly grisly monument to the “Vultures of Wat Saket”. Over 100 years ago, when Bangkok was affected by cholera (“the plague”), officials had difficulties in cremating the bodies of the victims in time. This lead to packs of dogs and flocks of vultures to hover nearby the temple to feast on the deceased.
Visiting The Golden Mount (Wat Saket) is easy for guests staying at ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai. It’s a brisk 1.5 kms walk from the hotel. First head down Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, past Phanfa Leelard Pier and then down Paribatra Road.
Opening Hours: 8 am – 7 pm.
Entry is free for Thai nationals, however there is a THB 50 entry fee for tourists.
As it is a temple, the usual Thai temple etiquette and dress code applies. Women should keep their shoulders covers and both sexes should wear proper attire. Tip: Read the bilingual signs posted throughout for additional information.