Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat), Bangkok

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Built for the princess granddaughter of King Nangklao in 1846, Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat) represents one of the few brazen palaces in existence (so called for the bronze roof). You will recognize the structure by its 37 metal spires rising from the roof of the multi-level building. Explore the interiors while reading quotes of virtue on the walls, and take a moment to wander the maze-like second floor. Continue to the top for breathtaking views of Bangkok. Take the guesswork out of planning a Bangkok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Unlike the Grand Palace and some of the other more popular temples, Loha Prasat is not filled to the brim with visitors and tourists which makes this one of the better temples to visit, giving you bot...  more »
  • We have seen the views from the top floor when sightseeing in WAT Saket and Temple looked close to stopped. This temple is "Bangkok temples the most ingenious" in that rogue Prasat is the metal Spire is said to. But unfortunately, seen the whole picture in repairs. In the past many times in doing renovation, photos that change was on the scene. Keep in mind when using borrowed a washroom in this temple, donation boxes there....
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  • the last temple we visited during our stay in bangkok, also deserves to be seen
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  • A gem hiding in plain sight. Stumbled upon this temple by accident, but it turned out to be a wonderful discovery. Very quiet and peaceful with terrific views and some nice breezes blowing through the walk ways. Buddha relics at the very top of the temple.
  • Beautiful building with a serene atmosphere. Make sure to climb the stairs to the top floor for a great 360 view over the city.
  • Wat Ratchanatdaram (Thai: วัดราชนัดดารามวรวิหาร; IPA: [wát râːt.tɕʰa.nát.daːraːm]) is a buddhist temple (wat) located at the intersection between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Maha Chai Road, in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok. Meaning Temple of the Royal Niece, the temple was built to the order of King Nangklao (Rama III) for the princess granddaughter, Somanass Waddhanawathy in 1846. Loha Prasat Loha Prasat, which means iron castle or iron monastery(โลหะปราสาท), is composes of five towers, of which the outer, middle and the center tower contain large black iron spires. The 37 virtues that are required to reach enlightenment are signified by 37 black metal spires. The 36 m (118 feet) high multi-tiered structure consists 3 levels, the bottom one has 24 spires, the middle one 12 and the top level has 1 spire. There were two other similar structures which had existed in the world. First one was built in India named Michalis The maternal castle by Mrs. Maha Visakah worshipers. It contains 1,000 rooms with a golden spire on top. Another one was built in Sri Lanka. It has a nine floor and the roof was thatched with copper. Precious stones, wood and ivory were decorated on the wall. It was destroyed and remains of stone pillar from the past. Both of these never exist today. The design of Loha Prasat almost appears Burmese, but in fact this is a copy of old Buddhist design found in Sri Lanka. In the early nineteenth century, it was begun construct by King Rama III. A pyramid like structure created by the outer building is the widest, The next one smaller than the previous one. At the ground floor level of the tower you will find a labyrinth environment was supported by a great number of columns. It was submitted to UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in 2005.
  • Amazing temple! Almost no one around.. very peaceful!!! Unique architecture!!! FREE!!!
  • I love to stroll through this temple, it is always very quiet and there is some draft in the corridors. spectacular views. You can see the golden mountain. In the surroundings there are two markets of Buddhist figures and replicas at very low prices

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