Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)
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The Loha Prasat is an amazing building with an iron roof made of 37 spires signifying the 37 enlightenment virtues of Buddhism.
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  • Aethelred
    Cambridge, Massachusetts1,260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Songkran visit
    I went to Wat Ratchanatdaram for one of the Songkran days, and the ven. monks had prepared just the most beautiful, noncommercial environment for that - with donation and blessings options in the main hall, gifting a Rama III portrait and an amulet; a really lovely gallery of Buddha images to wash; and so on. The Iron Castle busier than usual, but still fit for meditation. The Milkey Tree closed for the holidays - but open a few days later, when I was back, and again excellent. And in the devotionalies market behind, I had my amulet fitted and encased, for 20 baht. It is just a wonderful place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 6, 2023
  • Gu L
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania10 contributions
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    The Metal Palace
    I did not plan this site into my trip anyway, but I was doing a morning city-walk and I just saw it across the street. Therefore, I was like, why not I take a close look? It turns out that it is these unplanned encounters that often lead to the most memorable experiences. I later learned that this place is called Loha Prasat, literally means the Metal Palace, a multi-tiered structure made of metal, making it a distinctive architectural marvel. The fact that this site is often overlooked by the crowds makes it a true hidden gem, providing a peaceful retreat from the city's vibrant energy. The beauty of the temple is eye striking, inviting close scrutiny of every intricate detail. The peaceful ambiance allows for a leisurely exploration of not only the Loha Prasat but also the surrounding structures, including the main ordination hall and smaller shrines. The well-maintained temple grounds, adorned with beautiful gardens, contribute to the overall charm of the site. A notable feature is the opportunity to ascend to the top of the temple, providing a vantage point for taking in panoramic views of Bangkok. This adds an extra dimension to your visit, allowing you to appreciate the city from a unique perspective.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 31, 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom179,769 contributions
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    Beautiful Buddhist Temple With Stunning Views
    This Temple was built on the orders of King Rama III in honour of his granddaughter, the laterQueen Sommanat Wattanawadi. In addition to being a temple, the complex also has a working monastery and halls for monks. The main temple has a square plan with the most distinctive design being the 37 spires referencing the same number of Bodhipakkhiya Dharma of Buddhism. The principal image is Phra Phuttha Chuthamnarasop depicting the Buddha in meditation, both hands cupped together above his crossed feet. Visitors can climb to the top floors where there's stunning views of Bangkok and a shrine containing relics of the Buddha.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2024
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Gu L
Pittsburgh, PA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I did not plan this site into my trip anyway, but I was doing a morning city-walk and I just saw it across the street. Therefore, I was like, why not I take a close look?
It turns out that it is these unplanned encounters that often lead to the most memorable experiences.
I later learned that this place is called Loha Prasat, literally means the Metal Palace, a multi-tiered structure made of metal, making it a distinctive architectural marvel. The fact that this site is often overlooked by the crowds makes it a true hidden gem, providing a peaceful retreat from the city's vibrant energy.
The beauty of the temple is eye striking, inviting close scrutiny of every intricate detail. The peaceful ambiance allows for a leisurely exploration of not only the Loha Prasat but also the surrounding structures, including the main ordination hall and smaller shrines. The well-maintained temple grounds, adorned with beautiful gardens, contribute to the overall charm of the site.
A notable feature is the opportunity to ascend to the top of the temple, providing a vantage point for taking in panoramic views of Bangkok. This adds an extra dimension to your visit, allowing you to appreciate the city from a unique perspective.
Written February 1, 2024
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Mitesh T
Mumbai, India41 contributions
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Dec 2019
The entire complex is full of interesting architecture. You can go here in the mornings as well as in the evenings. The gardens are expansive and are well maintained. The star of the compound will indeed be Loha Prasat. Very unique and very interesting. You'll get to learn a lot about Bangkok's history. Not too many people visit here so you can take your time and enjoy things at your own pace. This is also a good place to take pictures with Thai temples without having too many people in the background.
Written January 9, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,769 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
This Temple was built on the orders of King Rama III in honour of his granddaughter, the laterQueen Sommanat Wattanawadi. In addition to being a temple, the complex also has a working monastery and halls for monks. The main temple has a square plan with the most distinctive design being the 37 spires referencing the same number of Bodhipakkhiya Dharma of Buddhism. The principal image is Phra Phuttha Chuthamnarasop depicting the Buddha in meditation, both hands cupped together above his crossed feet.

Visitors can climb to the top floors where there's stunning views of Bangkok and a shrine containing relics of the Buddha.
Written April 6, 2024
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Abovetheclouds
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Jan 2022 • Solo
WOW! A must. This is my fourth trip to Bangkok and I am trying to do different things. First time here! Stunning. Looks very new. Well looked after. The colours were glowing in the sunlight. Stunning structure. Wear easy shoes to slip on and off. Worth the short climb to the top. There is a coffee shop in the grounds. What I liked was how peaceful this was so you could appreciate the beauty. At the same time, there were lot's of little groups of monks and it was quite cool to observe them having a coffee and going about their duties.
Written January 11, 2022
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,260 contributions
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Apr 2022
Wat Ratchanatdaram is a temple less for tourists than for devotees, worshippers or generally those interested in the sacred. It is a working, very well-doing monastery that is more about itself and less about how it looks. It is a bit hidden in the sense of a tree being hidden in the forest, in that it is in the middle of other Rattanakosin attractions but much less spectacular, or loud. I find the Buddha image in the main viharn one of the most stunning and accessible in all Bangkok.

The Loha Prasat is too incredible to describe on tripadvisor - an iron-spired stupa with the inner structure accessible mostly for meditation, and as many people attest, with an immense spiritual power. This is a building to focus in, to think only good thoughts or none at all, and to respect where you are. On top, a tiny chapel open to all sides with relics of the Buddha, to which one ascends up the most perfect wooden spiral staircase.

The Milkey Tree Café behind the Loha Prasat is great for respite; beyond that is an exit that leads you to one of the best-priced, comprehensive, and non-touristy amulet and devotionals markets in the city.
Written April 18, 2022
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Rachel H
Paris, France53 contributions
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Dec 2017 • Friends
Loha Prasat is a must see unique temple (in a complex with other temples), and more worthwhile imo than Wat Saket (golden mount) 5min away! Hardly anyone else there, interesting information available in English, able to walk to the top and have lovely views. There were only 3 temples built like this one in the entire world and it is the only one remaining; well worth a visit (and it doesn’t even have to take that much time). This should be much higher on lists of what to see in Bangkok, but perhaps be thankful it’s not and you get to enjoy this gem in relative silence. There is no one there, payment is done through the honour system.
Written December 16, 2017
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China160,040 contributions
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May 2014 • Couples
Loha Prasat (Brazen Palace) is a genuinely unique building found within the Wat Ratchanatdaram temple grounds at Ratchadamnoen Road in Bangkok. We very much enjoyed seeing Loha Prasat and would gladly return to this particular attraction during future trips.

Here you will find a 36 metre high building, which features 37 delicately carved and decorated metal spires, each signifying one of the 37 virtues towards enlightenment. The spires provide Loha Prasat a unique appearance that is quite different to the typical Thai style Buddhist temples that dominates Bangkok's skyline.

This is unique temple style of which there are three known examples throughout history, and the two other temples, which were in India and Sri Lanka no longer exist so you really are seeing something special when you view the Loha Prasat building at Wat Ratchanatdaram.

In addition to the fine outer appearance of Loha Prasat, the inside of the palace (20 baht donation per person) is also very interesting. The ground floor is an exhibition area, providing information about the history, architecture and restoration efforts of Loha Prasat in recent decades.

At the centre of the temple, there is a spiral staircase that ascends up four floors, each well worth visiting. The lower floor is a library floor, followed by a meditation floor and a walking meditation floor.

The floors are designed like symmetric mazes and are interesting and peaceful to walk through. The Top floor provides outside access and affords very nice views of the city around Wat Ratchanatdaram.

Throughout the Loha Prasat floors, are nice images of Buddha often arranged along the walls, like what you see in other Buddhist temples, creating an attractive image and tranquil setting.

After spending time in the Loha Prasat building, its worth making a quick walk around the rest of the Wat Ratchanatdaram as well as the attractive setting of the Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin which is adjacent to the temple grounds.

Overall, we very much liked Loha Prasat and would highly recommend it to visitors of the city interested in seeing something unique, different and beautiful in a city that is like a sea of temples. We will definitely return to this one.
Written May 10, 2014
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CyclingBangkokT
Bangkok82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
This is a really beautiful thing. You heard metal temple. There is only one in the world. The black spires that all, it was covered with copper. Yes, it is natural black. How many spiers on to help me see.
Can rise up to the top was a spiral staircase up to the top. If you want to lose weight is to go on top but if can not up on top at the bottom that is many room ,it ‘s more than 100 room. Good for take special photos. The children playing hide and seek here, it favorite for them.
Located not far from the Golden Mount, 10 minute walk.
Open daily 08:00 to 17:00 hours.
No admission fee.
Written January 28, 2013
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Hendrik B
Dilbeek240 contributions
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Feb 2012 • Solo
This is somewhat a strange temple. Well, let’s say it’s more a temple complex consisting of several buildings, each having their own interest. The nice thing is that you can easily walk around without being bothered by locals or tourists, notwithstanding its central Bangkok location. I suggest to combine this with a visit of the temple with the Golden Mount, which is just a few hundred meters away. In contrast to for example the Grand Palace, this temple complex can easily be visited during the warmest moment of the day because a lot of the interesting elements are located inside the temple.
Written January 20, 2013
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flan_1969
Glasgow783 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Couples
We decided to visit this Wat simply because we were in the area whilst visiting the Golden Mount and it was free. It is a lovely Temple and the main building, the Loha Prasat is very tranquil. The architecture of this main building is fascinating and climbing up through each floor gives you a great chance to experience the meanings attributed to each tier and the architecture of the building. Despite the number of tourist at the other sites in the vicinity this Temple was quite quiet and this added to the overall enjoyment.
Written January 19, 2013
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