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Loha Prasat stands 36 metres high and is surrounded by 37 spires, representing the 37 virtues needed to attain enlightenment.
It is safe to say, there is no other wat quite like it in Bangkok.
Recently renovated, the inside of the wat is beautifully finished and easy to explore. Modelled after a Sri Lankan monastery, it is possible to climb the winding staircase inside and glimpse a city view from the top.
The wat is also known for the large amulet market around its entrance. The variety of amulets, available to protect one in almost any situation, is incredible. Designs of images with a number of eyes will keep you safe from accidents, while a Buddha covering his eyes will bring you luck. There's plenty more: well worth a browse.
How to get there
Wat Ratchanatdaram is on Mahachai Rd, on the other side of the khlong from the Golden Mount. It is a five-minute walk from Tha Phan Fah where you can catch the canal boats that run down Khlong Saem Saep.
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