Sunday, October 16, 2011

Golden Mount At Wat Saket In Bangkok - Thailand.

Wat Saket RatchaWoraMahaWihan, usually short Wat Saket is a Buddhist temple in PomPrap SattruPhai district in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple dates back to Ayutthaya era, when it was called Wat Sakae. King Rama I renovated the temple and renamed it to Wat Saket. The Golden Mount or 'Phu Khao Thong'. It rises within the compound of Wat Saket, an unusual temple that houses Buddha relics within its 58-metre-high chedi surmounted by a Golden cupola.

King Rama III early in the 19th century, ordered the construction of the Golden Mount. However, the soft marshy ground could not support such a large structure and it collapsed before it was completed. King Rama IV and King Rama V continued to its completion as it appears today. The current abbot is Somdet Phra Putthacharn Kiew.

The entrance to Golden Mount and Wat Saket. Before we make climb to a wide stairway spirals up and around the sides of the Golden Mount, we pay homage to Phra Buddha at Ubosot Wat Saket.

The Vihara and temple compound of Wat Saket.
The veneration of Phra Ruang inside the Vihara.
The Sema Stone and corridor wall surrounding the Ubosot of Wat Saket.
The main Phra Buddha statue in Ubosot Wat Saket.
The started point of stairway spirals up and around the sides of the Golden Mount. The small model of Golden Mount been display too.
Its not a strenuous climb, as the slope is quite gentle and there are numerous spots to stop and see something. Many Bell were hang along the way and some big Gong.
Once we reach the top and enter the building, there's veneration of many Phra Buddha statues.

The souvenir shop inside the building, rooftop terrace beneath the Top of Roof Chedi.

Inside the building, a short stairway in the center of each side leads up to the shrine holding the Buddha Relic, which lies directly under the Chedi on the roof. The shrine is encased in many layers of gold leaf applied by the devout for more than 100 years.

Finally at Top after we took a narrow stairway up to the roof. The first thing you will see upon emerging onto the roof is the huge Chedi covered with thousands of Gold mosaic tiles.

The prayer to worship the Buddha's Relic:
Namotassa BhagaVato Ahrahato Sammasam Buddhassa (X3times)
Vandami Cetiyam Buddhassa Bhagavato
Supatitthitam Saririkadhatum Kayena Vacasa Manasa Ceva
Svakkhatanca Supatipannanca Namami
Imehi Sakkarehi Abhipujayami Mayham Hitaya Sukkhaya Yava Nibbanapattiya
Idam Me Punnam Nibbanassa Paccayo Hotu.
The Buddha statues at back side of the Golden Mount, the other way out.
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