To prevent erosion the hill was cast with a surrounding concrete
covering during WW II. The temple mount is 77 meters high and
was in the
period the highest place in the city. Even today it still offers
a good view over rooftops now overshadowed by skyscrapers.
The temple is one of the few throughout Thailand conferred with
the highest royal title of
Rajavora Maha Vihaan.
Its full name is Wat Saket Rajavora Maha Vihaan and it is
depicted on two
coins, initially issued in 2005.
At the bottom of this hill there is a place where alms bowls are
made. We will take a look at them and see how these craftsmen
assemble Buddhist monk’s begging bowls from 8 different pieces
of metal, representing the eight spokes of the dhammachakka, the
Buddhist Wheel of Law, and the Eightfold Path. Note that it is
not guaranteed that the workers will be present.
From there it is on to the giant
swing in front of
It was formerly used during a Brahman festival in honour of the
in which participants tried to reach a sack of gold attached to
a fifteen meter high
pole. It was held in the
second lunar month, from
the morning of the third day until the
evening of the ninth day of the new moon.
Due to the large number of people falling off the swing the
festival was banned during the reign of king
In 2007 the old giant swing was replaced with a new one.
Here we also visit a Hindu Shrine and the plaza in fron of the
City Hall which has the full name of
written in Thai on a wall. It is the world’s longest name,
recorde in the Guinnes Book of Records as
Mahintharayuthaya Mahadilok Phop
Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman
It translates as 'City of Angels,
of the god
of the World,
inferior to the
of Indra, Built by
From here we continue to the Marble Temple, known as
Benjamabophit, in Thai. It was built around the turn of the
19th. century by order of king
The temple is made from white Carrara marble from Toscana and
has a cruciform
The base of the central Buddha image (fig.),
which is a copy of the
Chinnarat image from
contains the ashes of king
In the gallery of the courtyard behind the bot there are 53
Buddha images (33 originals and 20 copies) that represent
different poses and styles from throughout Thailand and other
Before heading back to our hotel, we take a look how Thai Gems
are manufactured. Here you will have the opportunity to buy
quality jewelry at local prices.