Golden Mountain Temple in the Heart of Bangkok – Wat Saket (PHOTOS)

By Mark Wiens 10 Comments
Wat Saket, Bangkok's Golden Mountain Temple
Wat Saket, Bangkok’s Golden Mountain Temple

Wat Saket, which is also known as The Golden Mountain, is a historical temple in the heart of Bangkok.

It is one of those attractions that I put off visiting for years, knowing that I could visit at anytime, so there was no rush. One day, I happened to be running around Bangkok (video) and since I was passing right by Wat Saket, I decided to finally visit.

Taking the boat to Bangkok's Golden Mountain Temple
Taking the boat to Bangkok’s Golden Mountain Temple

Coming from the Sukhumvit side of town, one of the easiest ways to get there is by taking the convenient Khlong Saen Saeb public speed boat service.

Not only do you skip the traffic, which can be horrendous in central Bangkok at times, but the boat drops you off just a 5 minute walk from the entrance.

Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger

Around the circumference at the base of Wat Saket there are a series of animals that correspond to the Chinese Zodiac years. Born in 1986, I’m the year of the Tiger.

Before beginning the climb to the top, I thought it might be a challenge.

However, the hike up 318 steps proved to be quite easy (the kind you could take 2 -3 steps at a time if you wanted) – the steps were wide and long and wrapped around the mountain in a manageable incline.

It takes just 10 to 15 minutes to reach the top.

Bells lining the stairs up the temple
Bells lining the stairs up the temple

Along the walk you’ll pass a series of bells that can be rung for good luck, some benches to relax and catch your breath on, and a little cafe just in case you feel the need for some refreshment halfway up.

Can you see the Grand Palace and Wat Arun
Can you see the Grand Palace and Wat Arun

At the top of the Golden Mountain is a Buddhist shrine and temple, but the real highlight for myself were the panoramic views of Bangkok in all directions.

The main reason why I consider visiting Wat Saket as one of the top things to do in Bangkok is due to the marvelous unblocked views of the city.

View of Bangkok from the Golden Mountain
View of Bangkok from the Golden Mountain

While ancient landmarks like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun can be seen in one direction, skyscrapers and the modern Silom financial district can be seen in the other direction.

Lotus Planter at the top of Wat Saket
Lotus Planter at the top of Wat Saket

For the great views and free entrance, I would recommend visiting the Golden Mountain when you come to Bangkok. I think I even remember seeing a vendor selling ice cream in a bun at the bottom, just in case you need to replenish your energy after or before climbing the temple!

Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily
Price: FREE

How to get to the Golden Mountain:

If you’re coming from the Khao San Road area, simply walk towards Democracy Monument, go straight past the roundabout followng Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang, cross over the canal and make a right on Thanon Boriphat and you’ll be there.

If coming from Sukhumvit or Siam, walk down Phaya Thai Road until you reach Saphan Hua Chang Pier on the Saen Saeb Canal. Wait for the speed boat and ride it all the way to the end Panfa Pier station. Get off the boat, make your first left down Thanon Boripaht, and you’ll be there in 5 minutes.

For lots more of my Bangkok tips, check out my Bangkok travel guide.

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  • SoCal Solar

    3 years ago

    I always wanted to go to Bangkok on Thai Airways! Dream trip!

  • Los Angeles Pool Supplies

    3 years ago

    Amazing information about the temple. I can’t wait to see it myself!

  • Tustin Tree Service

    3 years ago

    This is amazing. I would love to visit this place! Traveling is still kind of a pain right now, but I can’t wait until things get a bit easier. I definitely have the travel bug.

  • Darly Rogan

    3 years ago

    I have visited Golden Mountain a few years ago when I was in Bangkok. Its a really nice place with peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.. Loved it!

  • Sirinya

    9 years ago

    These are very impressive and amazing pictures of the Golden Mount! Super photo quality 🙂
    I’ve recently found your TY channel and your blog. I really love reading it and appreciate the info about Thai food. This is special because you visit places that the ‘ordinary’ tourist might overlook.
    Yours, Sirinya

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Hi Sirinya, thank you very much for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

  • Rebe @ Rebe With a Clause

    10 years ago

    Great pictures Mark! Quick update for any readers, when I went in January 2014 it cost 20 baht to go up.

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Thank you Rebe, and I appreciate the update!

  • Sheena

    11 years ago

    thanks for the info, I’ll be in BKK by August.