One of the most iconic and beautiful Bangkok temples is the Wat Arun. Opposite of Wat Pho, on the Thonburi side, the Wat Arun was constructed in the 17th century along the bank of the river Chao Phraya. Officially named the ‘Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan’ it is more often referred to as the ‘Temple of Dawn. The distinctive 70-meter high Khmer style tower (Prang) is surrounded by 4 other towers which are smaller and all are encrusted with intricate faience patterns made from small pieces of colored glass, pottery & Chinese porcelain.
The steep stairs used to reach the balcony of the main tower are difficult to travel so use caution and utilize the handrails for support and balance. They are definitely worth it though once you make your way to the top and take in the amazing views of the winding river, the Wat Pro and the Grand Palace, especially when everything is lit up at night. The quieter time to visit is in the mornings, however, you do not want to miss it at sunset. Even though it is called the Temple of Dawn, it actually looks towards the sunset!
Make sure you take your time when visiting. It is recommended to take at least an hour to enjoy the scenery as well as the images, murals and the Chinese animal and soldier sculptures at the base of the central tower. Dress appropriately or rent a cover-up at the entrance as this is a place of worship for Buddhists.
You can easily access Wat Arun by ferry to cross the Chao Phraya River to the Maharaj pier. It is open from 8:00 to 5:30 and the entrance fee is 50 baht (approx $1.62 USD).
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