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Wat Ratchanatdaram

Wat Ratchanatdaram

Wat Ratchanatdaram (Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan) is one of the most unusual architectural monuments of Bangkok, located in the eastern part of the Old City in the Phra Nakhon district.

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Chedi Loha Prasat, Wat Ratchanadda Temple before reconstruction, now its spires are golden

This temple was built for Rama III (King Pranangklao) in the 1840s, and its design is similar to the iron temples in India and Sri Lanka, built more than 2000 years ago. One of the temple structures of Wat Ratchanadda is called Loha Prasat, which means "iron palace" in Sanskrit. At the back of the complex, behind the regular gardens, there is a famous market where Buddhist amulets of all sizes, shapes and styles are sold.

The temple is especially magnificent at night, when all its spires, symbolizing the 37 virtues leading to enlightenment, are illuminated. The interior is relatively modest by Thai temple standards, but the corridors and geometric symmetry are reminiscent of early temples in Angkor in Cambodia.

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March 27, 2024

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