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Wat Saket (Golden Mount) is Where They Cremated the Dead during a Plague in Bangkok Thailand

A worldwide epidemic caused one of Bangkok's best temples to be ground zero

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Wat Saket, a Buddhist temple nestled in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Known as the "Golden Mount," this sacred site boasts an 80-meter-tall hill, topped by a magnificent golden chedi, or stupa, that shines brilliantly in the sun. It's my vote for "THE BEST" view point in Bangkok from a temple - VIDEO BELOW.

Wat Saket's origins trace back to the Ayutthaya period, where it served as a royal crematorium for the Thai monarchy. During the reign of King Rama I, the temple was transformed into a wat, or Buddhist temple, and the iconic golden chedi was added. However, it was during the reign of King Rama II that Wat Saket became synonymous with the "ghost gate," a city gate that was the only permitted exit for corpses, which were brought to the temple to be cremated

Annual cholera epidemics during King Rama II's reign resulted in over 30,000 deaths, and the bodies could not be disposed of within the city walls. Wat Saket, located just outside the city gates, became the site of mass cremations and burials

Wat Saket is not only a place of spiritual significance but also a cultural treasure, with its golden chedi containing relics of the Buddha, a gift from the British government after their discovery in India. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists and a must-visit destination for tourists, offering stunning panoramic views of Bangkok from its summit. The temple complex also features a variety of attractions, including the Sermon Hall, the Ho Trai, and the ordination hall, or ubosot, where monks live and perform religious ceremonies

Wat Saket is particularly renowned for its Loy Krathong festival, which lasts nine days and culminates in a temple fair, during which visitors can climb the Golden Mount and wrap a red cloth around the base of the chedi

Wat Saket is a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of Thailand, and a visit to this enchanting temple is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who venture there

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