The Golden Mount, topped by the Wat Saket temple.
In the late 1700s, a man-made hill was topped with a temple with a distinctive golden tower, offering a panoramic view of Bangkok, taking in many of the city’s major monuments, like the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
The Buddha image in Wat Saket
Although it’s now dwarfed by high-rises, it was one of Bangkok’s highest points until the mid-20th century. It represents the mythical Mount Meru, and is believed to hold relics of the Buddha, given to King Rama V by the Viceroy of India. The top is reached via a circular staircase, leading to a revered Buddha image.
If you visit in November, you may catch an annual candle procession at the foot of the monument.
View over Bangkok from the top of the Golden Mount
Opening times: 7:30am-5:30pm
Tickets: 50 baht
How to get to Wat Saket
One of the many images encountered on the way to Wat Saket, the temple at the top of the Golden Mount.