Click on title to view photo in large format: On New Year’s Day, Thais make offerings at the Golden Mount in Bangkok, Thailand. The Golden Mount is part of the Wat Saket complex, which includes a Viharn (worship hall), consecration hall, and and convocation hall, along with a myriad of smaller temples and stupas (chedis). Most structures surround the hillside upon which the Golden Mount rises. To reach the top, visitors climb 300 steps carved into the side of the hill, circumnavigate the inside of the Wat, and climb a final interior stairway leading to the roof. The shimmering rooftop Chedi holds a relic of the Buddha, making it a popular pilgrimage site during holidays, when worshipers pray for good fortune. The origins of the temple can be traced back to the Ayutthaya period (1350- 1767 AD).