Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
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Find Spiritual Sustenance at Bangkok’s Wondrous Wats
With a population that is 95 percent Buddhist, Thailand is a surefire bet for those with a taste for temples. Bangkok has hundreds of them from humble pagodas tucked away down tiny sois to vast showpiece complexes that are known to visitors from every point on the globe. Of these, the most recognizable is arguably Wat Arun. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the temple’s stunning phra prang (towers) are depicted on the Thai 10-baht coin and are best appreciated from the other side of the river, particularly at sunset. Bangkok’s other big-hitting wats include Wat Phra Kaew, which enshrines the revered Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho, the home of Thailand’s biggest reclining Buddha.
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