Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok's Yai district. It is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is one of the best known Thai landmarks. The mosaics which cover the temple create a pearly sheen during sunrise and sunset. Ferries can be caught at the Tha Tien Pier across the river from Wat Arun every couple of minutes. Tha Tien Pier is located near the Grand Palace and Wat Po.
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Wat Arun—The Temple of the Dawn
Translated to mean "The Temple of the Dawn," the Wat Arun complex is a huge, active monastery. At the heart of Wat Arun are the five stupas, or towers, each pointing towards the heavens. Originally decorated with the broken china that served as ballast for river barges, the stupas are colorful and wonderfully eclectic. For the more adventurous travelers, it’s possible to climb to the top of the central stupa for amazing views of the city.
The first time I visited six years ago it started raining so we sought shelter under one of the temple awnings. It was a magical moment sitting there contemplating the meticulously constructed towers. Hands down, my favorite spot in all of Bangkok is this riverside temple.
Wat Arun is located on the west side of Chao Praya River opposite Tha Thien Pier. It's open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and requires a nominal entrance fee.
One of the most recognizable symbols in all of Southeast Asia is the Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn. The impressive architecture is situated magnificently on the Chao Phraya River that winds through Bangkok. Watch the sunrise, or head over at midday in order to climb the central spire of the temple. At the bottom you will find intricate sculptures of soldiers and animals, at the top you will be able to see the river below and the neighboring Buddhist Temples. Make sure to stay to watch the sunset and to see the temple lit up at nightfall.
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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun is one of the most beautiful temple in Bangkok, it is right across Wat Pho (The Reclining Bhudha). To get there, you take a shuttle boat at Tha Tien pier. In my opinion, the main Pra Prang (Stupa) resembles Eiffel Tower but it was built before the Eiffel which make me think that the French probably got the idea from the Thai.
I got off the longtail boat and stood there trying to decide whether to climb the stairs and a priest walked up to me with a huge snake curled around him. He asked me if I were too afraid to hold it and I said no and reached for it. Someone took my picture of the priest, the snake and me, so I have one of my favorite memories on film.