Loha Prasat- the Metal Castle

The sun was up early today and seemed a bit angry. Possibly in response to the record snowfall in the Northeast of the USA and many questioning if global warming is real or not?  It’s real.

Today was the first real day of hot season. The moment I opened at the front door- at just 8:30 a.m., things felt different- just simply felt hot. The days of gentle sweating all day have arrived.

Loha Prasat viewed from King Rama III Park

To celebrate I decided to spend the majority of the day outside, showing the heat and sun that I will not be defeated. Dehydrated, but not defeated.

I visited Rama III park and Wat Ratchanadda. I didn’t go to visit the Wat, but to see Loha Prasat– which translates to Metal Castle. Wow. This is one of the most unique temple structures in Bangkok, completely unlike the brightly colored, ornate temples and spires of the Grand Palace and other Wat’s.

The Metal Spires

It is said Loha Prasat is a copy of an old Sri Lankan structure; King Rama III commissioned it in the 19th century as a gift for his daughter. The Prasat has 5 concentric towers and 37 metal spires, the 37 spires signify the 37 virtues toward enlightenment. It has that muscular design that you see in Prague and Eastern Europe, it is amazing to see this in Thailand.

A few of the the 37 metal spires

Loha Prasat is a 5 minute walk from the Golden Mount, I highly suggest a visit. There are no crowds and the building is very impressive. I also suggest taking the water taxi- cost is a mere 10 Baht and you avoid all traffic, you also get a look at life along the canal. The water taxi has a stop (the final stop) called Golden Mount.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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