Wat Saket is more known as the Golden Mount. It is man made hill which is crowned by a temple and a golden chedi. The temple dates back to the Ayutthaya era, when it was known as Wat Sakae. When Bangkok became the capital, King Rama I renovated the temple and gave it its present name.
To get to the top requires a climb up some 300 steps, which encircle the hill like a loosely coiled snake. It is not very difficult even on hot sunny days. Once you are up you will be rewarded for your efforts. Every time I have been there it was windy and fresh. You will not feel the heat of Bangkok at all.
Besides a religious place and a tourist sight the Golden Mount is a great view point to enjoy panoramas of historic Bangkok. I visit it each time I come to Bangkok. I usually spend 30-60 minutes on the top of the Golden Mount. Besides everything else it is a great place to watch sunsets.
I have made a couple of videos which probably show better the places itself and the views opening from the top of the hill.
I highly recommend to visit the place. It is the only temple (besides the penis temple) I visited during 14 days stay in Bangkok in October – November 2012, and if I go to Bangkok again, i will be happy to visit the place one more time.
The location is quite central not far from the Royal Palace and Khaosan Road. You can also easily reach it by a long speed boat from the area of Siam BTS station.
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