Wat Ratchanatdaram or Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara is a Buddhist temple that is famous for its unique architecture.
In the temple, there is exquisite Loha Prasat (means a metal castle) which can be seen from the road. I passed the temple several times, but I had never visited it even once.
If you google the image of this temple, you might see it in black color. The photos in this post were taken on July 2017 after the renovation. And now the castle is in gold color.
I walked from Wat Suthat to this temple, so I entrance to the temple from the back gate.
After a few steps, I then see the castle. I was stunned by its elegance. And, I just realized that visitors can climb up the castle!
I decided to visit vihara first to pay the respect to the Buddha image first.
Then, walking into the metal castle area.
On the first floor, there is an exhibition telling the visitors about the legend of the metal castle.
To get to the next floor, you have to take the stairs.
When walking on each floor, you will be able to see the castle in different angles.
At the top of the castle, you can see 360 degree panorama from it and pray for Buddha Relic’s.
You can see Ratchadamnoen Klang Road and the garden in front of the temple.
All in all, I quite enjoyed walking and climbing the castle. Because of the castle, the temple looks different from other temples in Bangkok. It is charming and peaceful. For me, it is a must-visit place.
Update: July, 2017
Location & How to get there: Wat Ratchanatdaram is located at the intersection between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Maha Chai Road. The temple cannot be reached by any rapid transportation system (both BTS and MRT). My recommendation is to take BTS and get off at Saphan Taksin Station. Then, take Chaopraya Express Boat to Tha Chang (Chang Pier). Then, take either taxi or Tuk Tuk to the temple.
Entrance Fee: To entrance the temple, it is free. But to visit Loha Prasat or the metal castle, it is 20 baht for foreigners and 10 baht for Thais. Well for children under the age of 15, it is free. There is no officer. You just put the money into the box and to help maintain the castle, you can put more than 20 baht 🙂
Opening Hours: Daily from 9 A.M to 5 P.M
Have you ever been to Wat Ratchanatdaram? Do you like it there? Share your experience with me in the comment!