The Golden Mount (ภูเขาทอง), also known as 'Phu Khao Thong', is part of the Wat Saket temple located next to the Pom Mahakhan fort. The chedi is 58 meter high and is enclosed by a golden dome. After visiting Wat Saket, climb the 318 steps to reach the cupola on The Golden Mount.

Wat Saket (วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร) is a very important monastery in Thailand's modern history. According to the Royal Chronicle of Rattanakosin Era, King Rama I, founder of the Royal House of Chakri and builder of Thailand's new capital, Bangkok, had performed the Royal bathing ritual at Wat Saket in 1782 after which he officially established himself the Kingdom's new ruler. Since then, Wat Saket has continued to receive Royal sponsorship and support, which include the construction of all religious buildings and the monks' living quarters as well as the periodical restoration projects. Wat Saket has also been promoted by Royal decree as a second-rank Royal monastery.

Wat Saket itself (the temple complex at the bottom of the hill) dates back to the Ayutthaya era, when it was called Wat Sakae. The wat was restored under Rama I (1782-1809). Wat Saket was used for cremation ceremonies, which were not permitted inside the walled city. During a plague in the reign of King Rama II (1809-24), 30,000 bodies were brought here.

The construction of The Golden Mount took place under the decree and sponsorship of King Rama III of the Roayal House of Chakri started in 1831 and completed in 1877 in the reign of King RAMA V. It is 100 meters high with around 500 meters in diameter. Later in 1877, King RAMA V (King Chulalongkorn) presided over the enshrining ceremony of the Buddha's relics brought from the Grand Palace on the stupa atop the Golden Mount. The King paid a visit to the Golden Mount again on 23 May 1899 to deposit the Buddha's relics the Kingdom had received as a gift from the then British Raj Government of India.

   
   

LocationThe Golden Mount
ภูเขาทอง
Chakkraphatdiphong Road, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.

Open everyday: 8.00am to 5.00pm

It is not close to any tourist-friendly transportation, such as the Skytrain or river boat. The best option is to get a taxi. You may want to visit the Giant Swing/Wat Suthat after your visit here, walking distance away.

Admission Free.

Information correct as of April 2011.