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Bangkok’s Unique Metal Castle: Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat)

Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan, also known as Loha Prasat, is such a unique and beautiful Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand that is absolutely worth a visit.

Bangkok is known for temples such as Wat Po, Wat Arun and The Golden Palace. However, Wat Ratchanatdaram is equally beautiful, yet is still unknown by the majority of tourists visiting Bangkok.

This secret hidden gem definitely deserves a spot on any Bangkok travel itinerary – it is so stunning and not at all crowded compared to the more well-known temples in the Thai capital! Here’s all you need to know about visiting Wat Ratchanatdaram.

Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat) Bangkok

Where is Wat Ratchanatdaram Located?

Wat Ratchanatdaram is situated centrally in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok.

It is not far from popular places such as Khao San Road, The Grand Palace, Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple) and Wat Suthat, making it easily accessible by grab taxi, tuk-tuk, or public transport. Here is the Google maps location.

Wat Ratchanatdaram is also less than a kilometre from Wat Saket – the famous Golden Mount, so it’s a good idea to combine the two together in one visit. It takes just 10 minutes to walk between the two temples.

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Why Is Wat Ratchanatdaram Called The Metal Castle?

Wat Ratchanatdaram’s rare and unique architectural structure is known as Loha Prasat, which translates to mean “Metal Castle” in English as it has 37 metal spires. The 37 spires represent the virtues that are necessary to attain enlightenment. 

Loha Prasat was built during the reign of King Rama III in the early 19th century. It is one of very few structures of its kind in the world and has been recognised internationally for its architectural significance.

The architecture is intricate and represents a blend of Thai and Indian architectural influences, but Loha Prasat is unique to Thai architecture, as the combination of metal spires and the concentric layout is not commonly found in Buddhist temples.

Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat) Bangkok

Wat Ratchanatdaram Opening Times & Entrance Fee

Entrance to Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat) is free, although you’re welcome to make an offering or donation inside the temple.

The temple complex is open to visitors daily from 9am until 5pm. It’s advisable to visit early in the day or close to closing to avoid the midday heat and to get softer lighting in your photos. 

An early or late visit also usually means you’ll get to enjoy temples without crowds of tourists.

Wat Ratchanatdaram (Loha Prasat) Bangkok

However, I visited in the middle of the day and was so surprised that despite being such a unique and beautiful temple, Wat Ratchanatdaram was not busy at all and I only saw a couple of other people during my visit!

Visiting Wat Ratchanatdaram

You can either visit Wat Ratchanatdaram independently, or you may prefer to visit it as part of a tour.

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If you wish to visit as part of a tour, the three tours below all include stops at Wat Ratchanatdaram:

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What To Wear At Wat Ratchanatdaram

Like in all Buddhist temples in Thailand, men and women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees when visiting Wat Ratchanatdaram. Avoid wearing shorts, sleeveless tops, or revealing clothing when visiting.

Other Things To Bear In Mind When Visiting Bangkok’s Metal Castle

Remember that Wat Ratchanatdaram is a place of worship for Buddhists. Show respect by avoiding any loud conversations or disruptive behaviour, and observing any signs.

Buddhist ceremonies and rituals take place regularly here, so be mindful of those who are praying.