Loha Prasat (Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan)
Loha Prasat, or Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan, is a superb temple in the old city of Bangkok, easily identified by its 37 golden spires. In a recent past, Loha Prasat was known as the iron temple or the metal castle because the 37 iron spires were originally bare and black. It did have some mysterious charm and was unique in Bangkok. The golden leaves were added recently and while it certainly brightened the temple but lost a bit of its uniqueness.
The main temple is superb and interesting to explore as the inside is a small maze of pillars. A staircase will take you several floors up, and each of the four floors offers a different view of the temple grounds. When you reach the top floor, you will be rewarded with a 360 view of the city through the top of the golden spires.
The shrine located at the very top of Loha Prasat temple contains relics of the Buddha and people walk all the way up to pay respect and pray.
Loha Prasat is easy to visit because it is very near the famous Khaosan Road and the Wat Saket, another popular and beautiful temple in Bangkok.
Loha Prasat info
Location: Old City
Address: 2 Maha Chai Rodd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Open: 9 am – 5 pm
Phone: 02 224 8807
Dress Code: No short skirts or short pants, no sleeveless T-shirts