Wat Saket's major feature is the Golden Mount, dating from the 1800. It is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. It is an artificial hill topped by a gilded pagoda which is 260 feet in height from its base. The Golden Mount is one of the most celebrated landmarks in Bangkok's old area and offers a panoramic city view from the top.
From the ground, a wide stairway spirals up and around the sides of the mount. There are about 300 very short steps in all. It's not a strenuous climb at all, as the slope is quite gentle and there are numerous spots to stop.
Once you reach the top, there's an admission fee of 10 baht to enter the building and gain access to the rooftop terrace. The first thing you will notice on the rooftop is the huge chedi covered with thousands of gold mosaic tiles.
We were also lucky that we got the chance to take pictures with three novice monks. A note for WOMEN, be very careful when dealing with monks: Never touch a monk, never hand anything directly to them and don't sit next to monks on public transport.
Therevada Buddhism is the professed religion of more than 90% of all Thais, casts strong influences on daily life.
However, if you intend to visit a temple, please pay heed to the following:
- Disrespect towards Buddha images, temples or monks are an offense.
- Shorts or sleeveless shirts are considered improper dress for both men and women.
- Take off your shoes before entering the main temple.
Golden Mount is locate at 344 Chakkraphatdiphong Road. Temple is open at 4:00 21:00 daily; Golden Mount 7:30 to 17:30. Free admission to the temple. 10 Baht to the Golden Mount.