In a city of many temples, Wat Ratchanadda stands out owing to its unconventional building material. Known informally as the ‘Metal Castle’, the diminutive structure is decorated with 37 metal spires, symbolising the 37 steps to enlightenment. It’s one of only three such metal temples in the world, the others found in India and Sri Lanka. The temples spiral staircase allows visitors to reach the very top tier of the castle and take in great views of Bangkok. A shrine at the highest level contains Buddha relics and is one of the most sacred spots for Buddhism adherents.
Wat Ratchanadda is open to the public from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. No admission fee although donations are appreciated. The temple can be reached in approximately 30 minutes by taxi from Novotel Bangkok Silom Road.