Wat Ratchanatdaram is worldwide known for the Loha Prasat, it is basically a soaring mondop which is topped with nearly 37 willowy iron spikes and they easily grasp the attention of every traveler.
During the rule of King Rama III, a temple was constructed in Bangkok. It was in the year 1846. Wat Ratchanatdaram is worldwide eminent for Loha Prasat. It is an elevated 36-meter-tall multitier construction which features around 37 metal spires demonstrating the 37 qualities linked to the illumination of the Buddhist belief system. The roof of this building is made up of bronze and rightly so held as the world's single brazen palace. There is King Rama II Memorial Plaza situated next to the temple.
Unquestionably this temple presents one of the most spectacular views at night when these unique 37 spires, representative of the 37 qualities that lead to enlightenment, made up of metal in the Loha Prasat/Metal Palace are lightened up like a primitive cake of someone's birthday. The central area of this palace is comparatively austere in comparison to the Thai temple criteria, however, the lobbies, as well as the square edges, add value to the reminiscent of the old temples and buildings at Angkor, in Cambodia.
Visitors can pay a visit inside the Loha Prasat's complex which is literally speckled with different Buddha images along with the information boards primarily in the English language thereby elucidating the spiritual and historical background of the temple. Moreover, there is a strange communicating spectacle where the visitors while holding up a plastic square against the mirror see it as a miniature model of the Loha Prasat instead.
There is an option for the visitors to choose a curved staircase to go to the upper floors if they want to have a 360-degree sight of Bangkok. The Golden Mount, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, and Democracy Monument are also evident from this spot.
If you go at the back of the formal gardens, you will get to witness a renowned supermarket selling prá krêu·ang which are the holy Buddhist amulets and are available in nearly all sizes, styles and shapes.
Picture: Wat Ratchanatdaram Temple at night.
Wat was built in the period which was the mid-19th century. It was done upon the behest of King Rama III as a commemoration and sign of respect for his niece, whose name was Princess Sommanas. The Loha Prasat was exhibited after the one displayed Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is a unique structure, one of its kind. To give it a status of the World Heritage Site in 2005, it was handed over to UNESCO.
Wat Ratchanatdaram Entrance Fee
the entrance is free of cost for Thai nationals. However, for the tourists, there is a fix entrance/donation fee of 20 Baht. And 10 baht for Thais, it is a free entry for the children under the age of 15. This money is used as an upkeep saving. In addition, the visitors can also pool in the donations at the entrance.
08.00 - 17.00
A strict adherence to a decent dress code is very important.
The location along with the famous Ratchadamnoen Avenue, nearby the Democracy Monument and the Golden Mount. It is roughly 200 meters east of Democracy Monument.
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