Been rather busy lately working on a couple of projects, and damn the sky hasn’t been blue either thanks to our useless prime minister who doesn’t address the PM2.5 situation plaguing Thailand.
Early April I visited Wat Saket, official name Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, but more commonly known simply as Phu Khao Thong or Golden Mount, because I wanted to capture the temple on video.
I remember the Golden Mount temple from my wandering days as a schoolboy, here is where you’ll go for temple fairs, fireworks, shows, etc. etc. Back in the day, I would come here by bus from home, one of my stops on the way to Sanam Luang (Royal Field) to visit the flea market (for some local porn magazines). Actually, I vaguely remember that it was a bit of a rough place, you wouldn’t want to get in trouble there or risk suffering a black eye. But those days are gone and the temple today seems to have lost the market theme, most likely due to a change of abbot, which is a good thing I guess, besides they need to keep it clean for tourists.
Golden Mount is definitely a worthy place of a visit if you are in Bangkok, the temple itself isn’t all that impressive, but the views from the top are pretty awesome on a clear day. On the plus side the temple is open to visitors until 7 pm at night, which means you can stay to watch the sunset over Bangkok’s old city, but be sure to bring some drinking water along.
I’ve been meaning to capture this temple so many times now, but never found the time and secondly the dust clouds are an issue, part of the clip you’ll probably notice some gray skies, that was my first day of videography, on the second day I was much luckier when the skies cleared up and I had this beautiful day. But the sunset timelapse was on the first day, hence you’ll see a rather dusty, grainy sunset….. my apologies.