April and I visited Wat Saket, also known as Golden Mount or “Phu Khao Thong.” This beautiful Buddhist temple has its origins from Ayutthaya period ranging from (1350 to 1767). The temple actually has many layers to it, including a 58-meter tall gold chedi rooftop that houses a Buddha relic that visitors love to see, if they can manage the 300 steps to the top.
Upon arrival we walked along the grounds of the Wat, and stumbled across a small shrine room containing a rather large sitting Buddha relic. After removing our shoes, we wondered in, gave an offering, lit a few candles, and sat in front of the Buddha for a moment to center. On my left was a smiling monk sitting on a small shrine. The monk exhibited a beautiful calm presence that seemed to surround the shrine. He offered me a blessing and bracelet, and as I sat next to him, I imagined what the solitary life of a monk would be like. Would it be absence of all of the daily stresses, morning commutes and endless pursuits that we all gravitate towards in the west?
As we slowly walked up the steps to the top of the Wat, beautiful green gardens and vines lined the path upwards. We stopped and rang the prosperity bells in each section as we continued. We especially appreciated the sections of misting irrigation to help cool off. Arriving at the top of the 300-stair climb you’ll see vast views of Bangkok and the feeling that you’ve accomplished something worthy of inspiration.
If you find yourself with some time to spend in Bangkok, we highly recommend visiting Wat Saket. For the full experience, be sure to hop a tuk-tuk to Wat Saket.
Nomadic Import Traders