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Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat)

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Maha Chai Road, Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara is a Buddhist temple situated between maha Chai Road and Ratchadamnoen Klang in the district of Phra Nakhon. The name of the temple literally means Royal Niece. Its construction was ordered by King Nangklao, who is the grandson of King Rama I and is also known as King Rama III. It was built in 1846 and was dedicated to Somanus Wattanavadi. It is most famous for Loha Prasat, which is a multi-tiered building with 37 metal spires. The tip of the structure is at 36 metres from the ground.

A Treat to the Worshippers

An old building Chalerm Thai used to stand before the Thai Buddhist temple and blocked the full view of the structure. The theatre was demolished as part of scenery improvement project along Ratchadamnoen Road in 1989. As result of it, people driving through or walking along the road can get full sight of the magnificent structure.
Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara is most popular for Loha Prasat, which is a multi-tiered 36-metre high structure.

The Thai term for the structure is Loha Prasada, which roughly translates as brazen palace. It is one of the only three brazen palaces that still exist in the world. The older two Loha Prasadas can be found in India and in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Opposite to the temple is Mahakan fort, which use to be a section of the ancient city wall.

A Possible UNESCO World Heritage site

The management body of Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara has applied to UNESCO in 2005 seeking its consideration for the temple as a World Heritage Site.

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