The temple and the hill are popular tourist attractions and symbols of Bangkok. The climb to the top of the hill is considered here as "tum bon," a Buddhist practice for the accumulation of good deeds. These give the believer credit points that will help them be born again into an incarnation. This is one of the reasons that Wat Saket, known here as the "Golden Hill Temple," is a pilgrimage destination for many Buddhists in Thailand and in Bangkok itself.
From the top of the hill you can see the view of old Bangkok. There are lots of bells in the temple, with wonderful sounds, which you are welcome to ring. There are also wonderful gardens, with flowers of many colors and species, beautiful waterfalls and monks walking down the paths and down the stairs, in a calm manner. The atmosphere here is spiritual and somewhat mysterious, perhaps because visitors know that the ground of the artificial hill contains the ashes of 60,000 dead people.
The temple was renovated by the king of Thailand when Bangkok became the capital of the kingdom. This is also when its name was changed to Wat Saket. During the reign of Rama IV the building construction on the hill began. The construction was completed only during the reign of King Rama V. This is also when the Buddha remains were brought here.
In the early 20th-century cement walls were built that surround the royal hill, to protect and strengthen the temple.
Every November there is a ceremony here in candlelight on the top of the hill.