The Temple of the Golden Mountain

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Wat Saket sits on top of the Golden Mount which is not a natural outcrop, but an artificial hill. During the reign of King Rama III (1787–1851) the decision was made to build a chedi (stupa) of huge …

Wat Saket sits on top of the Golden Mount which is not a natural outcrop, but an artificial hill. During the reign of King Rama III (1787–1851) the decision was made to build a chedi (stupa) of huge dimensions to add to the Wat Saket temple. However, the large chedi collapsed during the construction process because the soft soil beneath would not support it. The resulting mud-and-brick hillock was left alone for about half a century, taking the shape of a natural hill and becoming overgrown with weeds. Finally under King Rama IV, a small Chedi was built on the hilltop. This smaller structure was finished under King Rama V (1853–1910), when a Buddha relic from India was housed in the chedi. In the 1940s the surrounding concrete walls were built to prevent the hill from eroding.
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  • Wat Saket – The Temple of the Golden Mountain Between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, Bangkok The Temple of the Golden Mountain is a temple built during the Ayutthaya era and restored by King Rama I around 1800 and was used for cremation ceremonies. It hosts Buddha relics and is famous for its golden mount which is one of the most impressive features in the city. There are 318 stairs which lead to the dome of the temple, but it is well worth the climb as the views from the top are spectacular. Each November the Loy Kratong Festival is held at the temple and there are processions up the Golden Mount which is wrapped in red cloth to celebrate the carnival. Bangkok Guide | Temples in Bangkok
  • Wat Saket – The Temple of the Golden Mountain
  • Wat Saket sits on top of the Golden Mount which is not a natural outcrop, but an artificial hill. During the reign of King Rama III (1787–1851) the decision was made to build a chedi (stupa) of huge dimensions to add to the Wat Saket temple. However, the large chedi collapsed during the construction process because the soft soil beneath would not support it. The resulting mud-and-brick hillock was left alone for about half a century, taking the shape of a natural hill and becoming overgrown with weeds. Finally under King Rama IV, a small Chedi was built on the hilltop. This smaller structure was finished under King Rama V (1853–1910), when a Buddha relic from India was housed in the chedi. In the 1940s the surrounding concrete walls were built to prevent the hill from eroding. Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: 20B.
  • Wat Saket is a temple with a golden Chedi know as the Golden Mount. It is a bit of a climb up the man made hill to the Golden Mount so prepare to sweat a little if you think it is worth it. The hill offers a nice view of Rattanakosin Island and the roof tops of the surrounding area. At night the mount is lit up and looks especially beautiful.*Every November during Loy Kratong there is a large festival in the grounds of the temple, including a candle procession up the Golden Mount. This is very popular with the locals with lots of food stalls, games and fireworks. I went once and it was too crowded for my liking .Not a traffic jam but a people jam.However its a good chance to see a real down to earth Thai temple fair.( Phu Khao Thong)
  • Wat Saket's(sometime spelled "Wat Srakes") major feature is The Golden Mountain. This artificial hill was made out of mud and brick by King Rama III (1800s). Then King Rama IV started the construction of the Chedi at the summit. It was not like what it is today. Later on King Rama V added more structure to complete the Golden Mountain. And of course during that time until now minor renovation and constructions took place.
  • King Rama V later added to the structure and housed a Buddha relic from India in the Chedi. The concrete walls were added during World War II to prevent the hill from eroding. Every November a large festival, held on the ground of Wat Saket, includes a candlelight procession up the Golden Mountain.
  • King Rama V later added to the structure and housed a Buddha relic from India in the Chedi. The concrete walls were added during World War II to prevent the hill from eroding. Every November a large festival, held on the ground of Wat Saket, includes a candlelight procession up the Golden Mountain.
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  • 1. Muntele de Aur The Temple of the Golden Mountain
  • 2. Regele Rama III a vrut s ă construiască o stupă (chedi) uriaşă în această parte a oraşului dar pământul fiind prea moale s-a transformat într-o colină artificială Regele Chulalongkorn (Rama V) a construit apoi chediul aurit din vârful dealului
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  • 10. Se spune că stupa aurită de pe Muntele de Aur conţine relicve ale lui Buddha
  • 11. Cea mai frumoasă vedere panoramică a oraşului este cea de pe Muntele de Aur
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  • 15. Templul situat în partea de răsărit, Wat Saket, a fost construit pentru incinerarea oamenilor de rând La începutul secolului aici erau abandonate corpurile celor săraci decedaţi în timpul epidemiei de holeră
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  • 17. Frangipani
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  • 19. Confecţionarea ghirlandelor de flori duse ca ofrande la templu
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  • 21. Fotografii: Nicoleta Leu Prezentare: Sanda Foişoreanu ♦ Traditional thai music