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Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)
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Owner description: The Loha Prasat is an amazing building with an iron roof made of 37 spires signifying the 37 enlightenment virtues of Buddhism. It is listed on wikitravel - http://wikitravel.org/en/Bangkok/Rattanakosin#b, but ought to be available to Trip Advisor visitors.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

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.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

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.

4  Thank flan_1969
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The Wat Ratchanadda is nothing extraordinary, but what makes the visit to the Wat complex interesting is one of the most unique styled building I’ve seen in Bangkok - the Loha Prasat, the “Iron Palace”.

The Wat is located just inside the north-east entrance to the old Bangkok city precincts, on the city's "main street," Ratchadamnoen Road. The Loha prasat is almost Burmese in design. It was begun in the early 19th century by Rama III, but only recently completed.

The prasat itself is like five concentric square towers, each consecutively taller than the other. The outer, middle and center towers are capped by cast iron spires, which gives the temple its name.

The Loha Prasat stands 36 metres high & has 3 stories with 37 spires representing 37 Dharma of the Bodhipakya and is the only one remaining of the three built in the world.

3  Thank Angshu
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

This temple ( wat ) is close to citi parapet phrakhan fortes,just crossing the street,its composed for a group of several buildings,the most peculiar in the main one,in white and black,with a unique shape,diferent architecture (made in metal ).It´s not much visited,,but i think is one of the most singular Wat in Bkk,i like specially.Is near ( on the way to ) Democratic monument.From this wat you can see the Golden mountain Wat,wich is ten minutes walking.If you come from Silom rd. area.you can take bus nº 15 to get here ,the same to go to khao san rd (8 baths).Under the bridge on the way to golden mountain,you also can take a boat to MBK mall,the pier to get out of the boat is sapang hau chang pier,where is "Jim thompson house",is a cheap way to travel by boat,(10 bhts)and mbk,is 5 minutes walk.going out to the right.

2  Thank sabor007
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Located on Mahachai Road, <i>Wat Ratchanatdaram</i> (temple) complex was built in the reign of King Rama III in 1846. <b>Loha Prasat</b> (“metal castle”), the temple’s main attraction, standing 36 metres high with 37 surrounding spires, is the only one of its kind left in the world. It was only recently completed.

The Prasat has 37 spires representing 37 Dharma of the Bodhipakya. The staircase is at the centre with large pillars to support the shell-wise winding stairs around the pillars to the lower floor and to the top floor where the Mondop stands in the middle. This application of winding stairs to this Prasat is a European technique adopted by Thai architects.

The significance of this Loha Prasat lies in the fact that it is the first of its kind in Thailand and the third in the world of Buddhism.

The staircase is constructed as a free-standing metal center column with thick wood treads cantilevered off it. You can choose to climb all five stories at once or get off at any level to explore. The stairway actually ends on the roof of the fourth tower.

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