Wat Saket

Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan (Thai: วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร, usually short Wat Saket) is a Buddhist temple (Wat) in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, Bangkok, Thailand.

The temple dates back to Ayutthaya era, when it was called Wat Sakae. King Rama I renovated the temple and renamed it to Wat Saket.

Phu Khao Thong

Phu Khao Thong (Golden mountain, ภูเขาทอง) is a steep hill inside the Wat Saket compound. It 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 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. Since then it looked like a natural small mountain it received its name of "Phu Khao" (ภูเขา) at that time.

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.

There is an important festival at Wat Saket every November that includes a beautiful candlelight procession up Phu Khao Thong.

Phu Khao Thong has become a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok, but the rest of the Wat Saket temple area is much less visited.

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Shana Leigh
25 March 2019
I love love love this temple so very much! It’s so beautiful, special, and rich with detail and history. Highly recommend visiting here!
Katie Nutsaraphon
26 May 2013
I want to prayer my god and I wish bad things and unlucky please leave of my life. I wish to all people are always happy and hope. Peace is sweet cake.
Chida.Chinida
5 August 2019
Nice architecture ! Don't forget to go to the top of Temple. Very beautiful especially at night time :)
: P
13 April 2018
พระอัฏฐารสศรีสุคตทศพลญาณบพิตร ศิลปะสุโขทัยตอนต้น อายุกว่า 700 ปี เป็นพระพุทธรูปยืนที่สูงที่สุดในกรุงเทพฯ สูง 10.75 ม. โดย ร.3 โปรดเกล้าฯ ให้อัญเชิญมาจาก วัดวิหารทอง วัดประจำพระราชวังจันทน์ พิษณุโลก
: P
13 April 2018
หลวงพ่อพระประธาน พระพุทธรูปปางสมาธิสมัยอยุธยา ได้บูรณะลงรักปิดทองทับองค์เดิมพร้อมการสร้างพระอุโบสถหลังใหม่ ในสมัย ร.1 ด้วยมีมาแต่เก่าก่อน ร.1 จึงไม่พระราชทานชื่อ คนทั่วไปจึงเรียกว่า “หลวงพ่อพระประธาน”
Onizugolf
7 November 2011
เดิมชื่อ "วัดสะแก" เป็นวัดเก่าแก่ในสมัยอยุธยา จุดสูงสุดของวัดเป็นที่ตั้งของ พระบรมบรรพต หรือ ภูเขาทอง ภายในวัดเป็นที่ประดิษฐานของ พระบรมสารีริกธาตุ บันไดเวียนขึ้นไปบนยอดมี 2 ด้าน ด้านละ 344 ขั้น
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344 บริพัตร Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand Get directions
Thu 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Mon-Tue 10:00 AM–9:00 PM

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