Golden Mount is a pilgrimage site in Bangkok and every November when devotees flock to the area, thousands climb 300 steps up the manmade hill it was built on.
The snake-like trail encircling the chedi is just as mesmerizing as the temple itself but many find it eerie. For centuries, the temple overlooked the old quarter, offering a panoramic view and a shocking history.
Its gate, still referred to as Phratu Phi or Ghost Gate, is one of the reminders of its past. Many corpses were once fed to vultures on the mount's base, others were cremated on site.
Today, visitors go there not only for the mount but for the cemetery on the base of the hill.