Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)

Attraction Wat Ratchanaddaram Phra Nakhon Maha Chai Road | Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Published on: 17-06-2016

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
09:45 AM
First-time visit
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Cultural
Historic
Temple & Monument
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Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara or known as Loha Prasat is a beautiful metal castle for those search for something unique and different from tens temples in Bangkok.

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Why Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat) is special ?

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara is a Buddhist temple situated between maha Chai Road and Ratchadamnoen Klang in the district of Phra Nakhon. The name of the temple literally means Royal Niece. Its construction was ordered by King Nangklao, who is the grandson of King Rama I and is also known as King Rama III. It was built in 1846 and was dedicated to Somanus Wattanavadi. It is most famous for Loha Prasat, which is a multi-tiered building with 37 metal spires. The tip of the structure is at 36 metres from the ground.

What to explore at Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)?

A Treat to the Worshippers

An old building Chalerm Thai used to stand before the Thai Buddhist temple and blocked the full view of the structure. The theatre was demolished as part of scenery improvement project along Ratchadamnoen Road in 1989. As result of it, people driving through or walking along the road can get full sight of the magnificent structure.

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara is most popular for Loha Prasat, which is a multi-tiered 36-metre high structure.

The Thai term for the structure is Loha Prasada, which roughly translates as brazen palace. It is one of the only three brazen palaces that still exist in the world. The older two Loha Prasadas can be found in India and in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Opposite to the temple is Mahakan fort, which use to be a section of the ancient city wall.

A Possible UNESCO World Heritage site

The management body of Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara has applied to UNESCO in 2005 seeking its consideration for the temple as a World Heritage Site.

Source: http://www.gobangkok.asia

How to get to Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)?

Loha Prasat is conveniently located to Wat Saket and Wat Suthat, within walking distance. Wat Suthat is beside the Giant Swing on Bamrung Muang Rd. Bus 508 passes right nearby.

Selling points

  • The Metal Castle
  • A Beautiful Temple.
  • Amulet street market
  • A Place of Magical Wonder.
  • Unique Temple of its kind in the heart of Bangkok
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
180.11 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Wat Ratchanaddaram Phra Nakhon Maha Chai Road | Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

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  • The castle is a building with 7 floors and 37 metal spires which indicate 37 virtues toward enlightenment in Buddhist belief. In the middle, there is a hollow area with a spiral staircase leading to a view point on the top.
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  • Entrance is free but you can donate if you want.
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  • Behind the temple is an amulet market, it's no cheap but fun to explore.
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  • Do not miss the coffee from the shop next to it.
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  • You can even do longer stays to follow the monk schedule and donate cash or goods to offset costs.
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  • Besides the metal spire roof and the nice view of the surrounding temples, you can visit the museum that holds the Splendor of Loha Prasat.
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I was allowed into the complex with only short and a teeshirt.Although a good experience you are not allowed to climb the central tower no any of the corner ones (open spiral metal staircases). The central tower is covered in scaffolding. Note that The Temple of the Golden mount is only about 12 minutes walk away and far higher.Neverthe less the central building has pictures and mini movies (no sound) and notices explaining the history and royal evolution in both Thai and English. There is no entry fee but a suggested donation and of course you take your shoes off. It is interesting to see how the kings of thailand have taken the evolution of Bhuddism forward over the centures (just as royalty in the UK allies with The lord Jesus Christ.Now this is not a temple but a memorial and centre of learning for Buddhism. The architecture is designed to express different truths but go there and read for yourself and learn the number of spires and shapes of the rooms (actually passages) and judge for yourself.Outside the adjoining halls have a beautiful architectural use of painted wood, tiles, ceramic tiles and stained glass. The use of pillars signifies strength and other character qualities.Some small steps and I think that children would be bored here. Mums please note this.Just a few minutes walk from the Water Taxi (Khlong Saen Sab) at Fort Mahakan.Good to be indoors in the heat of the day. Even outside you can stay in the shade to admire the architecture and photograph the beauty.Regards.Chris.

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This temple is nearby Ratchadamnoen Road. The main point of this Temple is Loha Prasat that is the third of this kind of building in the world but only one can exist. you can walk up to the top of the building to see the relic of buddha and see the sceenery of Bangkok

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A fabulous tranquil space in the middle of Bangkok - very quiet, few tourists. All the family loved it, and the construction really does demonstrate Buddhism and help you to understand it more. Good but low key exhibition throughout and fantastic views from the roof.One of those places you wonder whether to review or not, because a huge part of its attraction is the lack of other visitors.

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We were so glad we took the trouble to see the temple , well worth the trouble and heat , a spectacular site , reccommended

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