On my first stay in Bangkok, one of the last temples I visited was Wat Ratchanatdaram. It was the first temple I saw when I got to Bangkok, the one I would see every morning & night from my hostel, yet it was the last one I visited before heading on my trip north.
It was lovely. It felt like a real temple, rather than a tourist destination.
Photo Diary: Visiting Wat Ratchanatdaram
Wat Ratchanatdaram was undergoing a bit of a makeover when I was in Bangkok. The black metal spires which made the temple unique were being changed into gold. I do not know the reason for this change as the black metal was striking & made the temple unique & instantly recognizable. The temple is still beautiful in gold, but it will lose some of its uniqueness.
The temple is free to enter & while you can only enter the temple until 5pm, it is worthwhile to stroll by the temple at night. Visitors are few to the temple & it is possible to find a quite corner & contemplate life if you so desire.
View of Bangkok