Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)
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The Loha Prasat is an amazing building with an iron roof made of 37 spires signifying the 37 enlightenment virtues of Buddhism.
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,037 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This Temple was built on the orders of King Rama III in honour of his granddaughter, the laterQueen Sommanat Wattanawadi. In addition to being a temple, the complex also has a working monastery and halls for monks. The main temple has a square plan with the most distinctive design being the 37 spires referencing the same number of Bodhipakkhiya Dharma of Buddhism. The principal image is Phra Phuttha Chuthamnarasop depicting the Buddha in meditation, both hands cupped together above his crossed feet.

Visitors can climb to the top floors where there's stunning views of Bangkok and a shrine containing relics of the Buddha.
Written 6 April 2024
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PlatinumForeverDUS
Shanghai, China3,099 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We decided to visit the temple based on the very positive ratings in TripAdvisor and do fully those 5 star ratings - actually it would be even 6/5 as there are still very limited tourists (the big buses do not come as they cannot earn anything as the ticket for the entrance is 20 Baht only) - furthermore, there are a lot of great explanations in English which help you to dive into the temples background and in particular get a glimpse of the idea of Buddhism. Climbing the tower is fascinating and is highly recommended …
Written 13 February 2024
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Gu L
Pittsburgh, PA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I did not plan this site into my trip anyway, but I was doing a morning city-walk and I just saw it across the street. Therefore, I was like, why not I take a close look?
It turns out that it is these unplanned encounters that often lead to the most memorable experiences.
I later learned that this place is called Loha Prasat, literally means the Metal Palace, a multi-tiered structure made of metal, making it a distinctive architectural marvel. The fact that this site is often overlooked by the crowds makes it a true hidden gem, providing a peaceful retreat from the city's vibrant energy.
The beauty of the temple is eye striking, inviting close scrutiny of every intricate detail. The peaceful ambiance allows for a leisurely exploration of not only the Loha Prasat but also the surrounding structures, including the main ordination hall and smaller shrines. The well-maintained temple grounds, adorned with beautiful gardens, contribute to the overall charm of the site.
A notable feature is the opportunity to ascend to the top of the temple, providing a vantage point for taking in panoramic views of Bangkok. This adds an extra dimension to your visit, allowing you to appreciate the city from a unique perspective.
Written 1 February 2024
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It is free to enter. The façade is splendid. The view of the city from the top is spectacular! The ambience is clean and tranquil.
Written 6 January 2024
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I went to Wat Ratchanatdaram for one of the Songkran days, and the ven. monks had prepared just the most beautiful, noncommercial environment for that - with donation and blessings options in the main hall, gifting a Rama III portrait and an amulet; a really lovely gallery of Buddha images to wash; and so on. The Iron Castle busier than usual, but still fit for meditation. The Milkey Tree closed for the holidays - but open a few days later, when I was back, and again excellent. And in the devotionalies market behind, I had my amulet fitted and encased, for 20 baht. It is just a wonderful place.
Written 7 May 2023
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Wat Ratchanatdaram is a temple less for tourists than for devotees, worshippers or generally those interested in the sacred. It is a working, very well-doing monastery that is more about itself and less about how it looks. It is a bit hidden in the sense of a tree being hidden in the forest, in that it is in the middle of other Rattanakosin attractions but much less spectacular, or loud. I find the Buddha image in the main viharn one of the most stunning and accessible in all Bangkok.

The Loha Prasat is too incredible to describe on tripadvisor - an iron-spired stupa with the inner structure accessible mostly for meditation, and as many people attest, with an immense spiritual power. This is a building to focus in, to think only good thoughts or none at all, and to respect where you are. On top, a tiny chapel open to all sides with relics of the Buddha, to which one ascends up the most perfect wooden spiral staircase.

The Milkey Tree Café behind the Loha Prasat is great for respite; beyond that is an exit that leads you to one of the best-priced, comprehensive, and non-touristy amulet and devotionals markets in the city.
Written 18 April 2022
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Abovetheclouds
1,988 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
WOW! A must. This is my fourth trip to Bangkok and I am trying to do different things. First time here! Stunning. Looks very new. Well looked after. The colours were glowing in the sunlight. Stunning structure. Wear easy shoes to slip on and off. Worth the short climb to the top. There is a coffee shop in the grounds. What I liked was how peaceful this was so you could appreciate the beauty. At the same time, there were lot's of little groups of monks and it was quite cool to observe them having a coffee and going about their duties.
Written 11 January 2022
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Magellanic47
Bangkok, Thailand1,055 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
I didn't think that the visit to Loha Prasat would have made such a tremendous impression. A 20Thb entrance donation allowed my guilt free passage through the inner sanctum of these venerable structure.
With 6 levels to explore and take pictures in.. not to mention the grounds of the entire Wat.. made a very impressive outing overall.
Worth a visit if you have the time.
Written 8 December 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We walked here from the Golden Mount late one afternoon and was shocked but happy. There was only a hand full of people walking the grounds. This place has beautiful architecture, amazing bright colours with stunning views over Bangkok from the top floor. We did it on our own. It cost 20BAHT a person to enter and was worth every penny. You must dress respectfully, knees and shoulders must be covered.

Loha Prasat means iron monastery or castle. It has five towers, the outer, middle and the center towers. It is 118 ft high and consists of 3 level multi- tiered structure and has 37 golden spires. There were lots of Monk's around who were all very friendly. The grounds are well maintained and very large. We had about an hour there because it closes at 5pm. So we were a bit rushed.
Written 20 May 2020
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raisagd
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
If you’re around the area definitely ascend Loha Prasat for a stunning 360 view of Bangkok - most visit the Golden Mount and have to pay an entrance fee but here it’s just 20 cents by donation.
Written 20 February 2020
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