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Wat Ratchanatdaram - the future World Heritage Site

Wat Ratchanatdaram is one of the only temples left of its kind within the world, making it a very significant structure within the Bangkok skyline. In 2005 it was submitted to UNESCO as a future World Heritage Site.

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The Buddhist temple, Wat Ratchanatdaram, was built during the third reign. In 1846 King Nangklao (Rama III) ordered for the construction because he wanted to present it as a gift to his princess granddaughter, Somanass Waddhanawathy. The temple is most enchanting and captivating during the night time, when the 37 spires that symbolize the 37 qualities aiding to
enlightenment in Buddhism are lit up like giant candles on a birthday cake. In fact, this is what the temple is most recognized for, the structure of the Loha Prasat (Metal Castle). 

Wat Ratchanatdaram is the third temple of its kind and it has been said that only three temples with similar structures exist in the world. During the life of the Buddha, about 25 centuries ago, a gigantic Loha Prasat was built in India and another in Sri Lanka. These temples were built more than 2000 years ago! What followed was the construction of the current Wat Ratchanatdaram, which was ordered to have an architectural design that would be modeled after the previous ancient temples. The structure is more specifically modeled after the temple in Sri Lanka, which no longer exists today. A worthy mention is that the significance of the temple within the Bangkok skyline led it to be submitted to UNESCO in 2005 as a future World Heritage Site.

The interior of the temple is not adorned by Thai temple and cultural standards. Additionally, the hallways provide a meaningful remembrance of the ancient temples at Angkor, in the country of Cambodia. As one can see this temple is influenced by, and resembles architectural designs within other countries, making Wat Ratchanatdaram all the more unique. The ground level
supports the towers creating the aesthetic feel of a labyrinth.
This is also the place where the small meditation cells for the monks are located.



It is possible to climb the spiral stairs to the top of the temple, which presents an opportunity to gain access to a good view of the city. As already mention, it is a good idea to visit the temple during the night time, which also allows visitors to escape the heat of the scorching sun. Visitors
might also be interested in seeing the temple and its museum, which is located at the ground floor of the royal temple. Wat Ratchanatdaram is within walking distance of the Golden Mount, another place worthy of a visit. It is possible to access this place via the Chao Phraya express ferry. 


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