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There are plenty of temples to visit in Bangkok and each one has its own unique identity but some temples really stand out for their grandeur and unmistakeable individuality. Loha Prasat, also known as the ‘metal castle’ is definitely one temple that you have to check out on your visit to Bangkok.
Reaching 36 metres into the sky, Loha Prasat was built in 1846 and is inspired by similar temples once found in India and Sri Lanka. The roof construction features 37 metal spires, each signifying one of the 37 virtues needed to reach enlightenment. When the spires are illuminated at night, they are said to look like candles on a birthday cake. Multiple concentric square levels are built on aligned pillars. Loha Prasat is an Indian name, dating from the time of Buddha, referring to multi-storey and square based construction with metal spires. Loha Prasat was originally used as Monk’s quarters and only three examples of this kind of architecture ever existed. Only this one in Bangkok remains.
Guide Yuut takes you around Loha Prasat
Loha Prasat is so close to the centre of town and the Wat Saket and Khao San Road that visiting it is a must when you’re nearby. There’s a small fee to enter this beautiful temple with its spiral staircase and often you will be one of only a few people inside. You can wander among the alleys created by the pillars to learn more about the rich history of this temple. Check out the white temples of Wat Ratchanaddaram that surround Loha Prasat and admire the golden Buddha statues and the beautiful murals and door carvings. There is a market selling religious trinkets, statues and Khon masks behind Loha Prasat where you’l find some excellent keepsakes to remind you of your visit to Loha Prasat, and all the other beautiful Thai temples you’ve visited.
Things to remember
The basic rule is for men and women to cover your shoulders and knees, (ideally cover your ankles as well). Wear long shorts, capri pants, trousers or a knee-length (or longer) skirt. Wear any shirt that fully covers your shoulders. A T-shirt, blouse or polo is fine. A sari or scarf worn around the shoulders over a tank top is ok and you can even use them as a makeshift long skirt.
Loha Prasat is located on Maha Chai Road, Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Of course, this temple is near the centre of Bangkok and there are many other temples, museums and other attractions nearby that you can visit. Consider adding some of these other exciting locations to your tour itinerary when you talk to us: