Loha Prasat (Wat Ratchanatdaram)
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Loha Prasat (Wat Ratchanatdaram) Bangkok Reviews
Loha Prasat - A Unique Temple to visit in Bangkok Mar 22, 2015
Loha Prasat :
Bangkok, a very famous destination for Temple Tourism has some stunningly built elegant and impressive temples. The most famous ones are "Temple of Reclining Buddha", "Temple of Emerald Buddha" and "Temple of Dawn". Among those well known temples, one somewhat less known temple - The Loha Prasat on the grounds of Wat Ratchanatdaram stands out for its unique architecture.
Loha Prasat literally meaning "Metal Castle" is a multi-tiered structure having height of about 36 meters and constructed using 37 metal spires. Acccording to Buddhism these metal spires represent Thirty-seven Factors of Enlightenment.
As the history goes, this temple was built in 1846 on request of King Rama III and was built on similar lines of other such temples found in Srilanka and India. The architecture of this temple is unique in a sense. It has multiple concentric square levels rested on pillars and one can walk up till the top using stairs to see a relic of lord Buddha. One can easily spend 1 hour marveling the construction and taking pictures.
There is also a small exhibition inside the complex which depicts history of temples. Entrance fee to this temple is set at 20 THB.
I visited there on 13th February 2015 afternoon. There is some reconstruction / maintenance work going on at the moment.
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