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Wat Saket

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For the better part of two centuries, the Golden Mount at Wat Saket has glistened high above the old quarter. The ancient temple’s shocking history and panoramic vistas make it one of our favourite attractions in Bangkok.

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Established as Wat Sakae during the Ayutthaya period, the temple became Wat Saket (“Hair Washing Temple”) when King Rama I presided over a cleansing ceremony near the end of the 18th century. The site is located just beyond the canal marking the border of the inner royal city, a placement that allowed it to be used as a charnel ground well into the 20th century. The surrounding neighbourhood is still known as Phratu Phi, or “Ghost Gate”, thanks to the many corpses once cremated or fed to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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