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Wat Arun

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is another of Bangkok’s top attractions, known as the temple of the Dawn is located in the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The full name of the temple is Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahavihara. The temple gets its name from Aruna, the Indian god of the dawn.

The 104 meter-high spire is the masterpiece of Wat Arun beautifully decorated with bits of multicolored glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns; it rises majestically from the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It is surrounded by four smaller prangs. The central spire represents Mount Meru, home of the gods, the four smaller prangs symbolize the four winds. The central balcony is an ideal spot for looking across the river to The Grand Palace and The Temple of The Emerald Buddha.

This religious complex served as the chief chapel during King Taksin’s reign, when Thonburi was the capital of Thailand. The original tower was only 15 meter-high was started by Rama II in the early part of the 19th century, but was expanded during the rule of Rama III to its current height. Wat Arun once enshrined the Emerald Buddha, which now resides in nearby Wat Phra Kaew, and the Phra Bang. The temple has flourished throughout the Rattanakosin Period.

Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, the best views and photos of Wat Arun are in the evening with the sun setting behind it. Wat Arun is a sight to behold shimmering with the sunrise.

To get Wat Arun, take a ferry from the pier at Thanon Thai or at the end of Thanon Na Phra (near Grand Palace).

Contact information:

Address: West side of Chao Phaya River, No. 34, Arun Amarin Road, Kwang Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Bangkok
Telephone: 0 2465 5640

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