Dating back to the times of King Rama III, the Wat Ratchanatdaram built around 1846 attracts tourists with its Loha Prasat that stands 36 meters high and has 37 surrounding spires for support. Situated in the Mahachai Road, it is a unique attraction. The statue of King Rama III further adds to its appeal.
The spires of Wat Ratchanatdaram were inspired by old Indian architectural patterns. The 36 metre high square-shaped castle symbolizes the Buddhist philosophy of enlightenment. The 37 spires of Wat Ratchanatdaram represent the 37 Bodhipak Khiyadhamma or the 37 virtues of enlightenment.
The epitaph got extensive facelifts during the tenures of Kings Rama V and Rama VI. The centre of Wat Ratchanatdaram contains a decorative urn containing relics of Buddha.
This construction had identical replicas in India and Sri Lanka. The Indian and Sri Lankan counterparts are unfortunately in ruins. Wat Ratchanatdaram of Bangkok is also widely known for its market of Buddhist amulets and magic charms of all shapes and sizes.
Timing: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Admission fees: Free Entry
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