Photo Friday: Loha Prasat (Thailand)

International Travel, Photography

Wat Ratchanaddaram is a Buddhist temple (wat) located at the intersection between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Maha Chai Road, in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok. Meaning “Royal Niece,” the temple was built to the order of King Nangklao (Rama III) for Mom Chao Ying Sommanus Wattanavadi in 1846. The temple is best known for the Loha Prasat, a multi-tiered structure 118 feet (36 meters) high and having 37 metal spires, signifying the 37 virtues toward enlightenment. It is the third Loha Prasada (brazen palace) in existence, modeled after earlier ones in India and Sri Lanka.

In the past, Loha Prasat was hidden behind an old movie theater named Chalerm Thai. The theater were demolished in 1989 as a project to improve scenery along Ratchadamnoen Road. It can still be tricky to find, though. Our taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong temple, though we were able to make our way thanks to GPS. Of course, finding a taxi to take us back to our hotel during rush hour was a whole other story.

Photos taken July 24, 2012.

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