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The Loha Prasat with its metal castle is a striking appearance in Bangkok’s skyline. The temple is 36 meters high and consists of 3 levels of which the lower level has 24 towers. The middle tower consists of 12 tower and the upper part consists of a spire. Together these 37 towers symbolize the 37 virtues. The ground floor of the Loha Prasat consists of a large number of columns that support the towers, creating a labyrinth-like environment. This is where the small meditation cells for the monks are located. And right at the top of the Loha Prasat a relic of Buddha is preserved.
Take the spiral staircase to the top of the Loha Prasat. Go towards the footbridge from where you have a beautiful view over the area including the Wat Saket.
The last remaining structure of its kind in the world
King Rama III (King Nangklao) ordered the construction of the Loha Prasat temple in 1846 because of the inspiration he got from two similar buildings in India and Sri Lanka. The structure is very special and today even unique in its kind. The Loha Prasat is the last remaining structure of its kind in the entire world. The similar temples from India and Sri Lanka no longer exist. On the temple’s terrain there is also a statue in honor of King Rama III.
If you are in the neighbourhood, visit the market behind the temple complex. This market is mainly focused on amulets. Many Thai believe in the power of these amulets which they believe will bring happiness, wealth, success or protection.
Information: Loha Prasat
Alternative name: Wat Ratchanadda or Wat Ratchanadran Worawihan
Open: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00
Entrance: Free, possibility for a donation at the entrance
Address: Maha Chia Road / Bowon Niwet, Bangkok
District: Phra Nakon
Route from Khao San Road: 14 minutes walk