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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok
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Admire the grand and evocative design of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), a towering Buddhist temple located in the heart of Bangkok. Established in the 1600s--but gaining its distinctive porcelain-clad prangs (spires) during the reign of King Rama II in the early 19th century--the temple represents an apex of religious architecture and is one of the best maintained of all buildings commissioned by the Thai monarchy. Open to the public as a place of worship and tourism, the site contains prized artifacts relating to the religious and royal history of Thailand. Put Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and other Bangkok attractions into our Bangkok trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This was a stop before the palace in bangkok. Scenery was lush, quite busy and a dress code is needed for ladies to cover up. Stunning buildings and the temples were very beautiful, a must see in thai...  more »
  • One of the bigger temples with majestic statues and lots to see and places to take pictures. The architecture is awesome, lots of colour, various shapes and statues around the palace grounds. Make sur...  more »
  • Wat Arun Temple mod Taksin in thon buri, before creating the new town is the Rattanakosin or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which are both located along each Bank of the Chao Phraya River, is a beautiful architecture that tourists should visit by passenger ferry crossing for only 3 baht from embedding the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
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  • Wat Aruns main tower (spire?) Is currently under construction which reduces opportunities for climbing and fire Instagrams. The temple is easy to reach from the touristy parts of the city via a fun and very cheap ferry. From that side of the river there are excellent view of Bangkoks skyacrapers.
  • Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. stunning temples n you're advised to take those tourist ferries that take you from one point to another. remember to buy postcards from this place!
  • A point of clarification, the express boat does not go directly to Wat Arun. It, along with the tourist boat, goes to Tha Tien at which point you have to get off and take a different cross-river ferry to Arun. Generally, express and tourist boats follow a similar path with the tourist boat having fewer and slightly different stops. If you want the Grand Palace, take the express to Tha Chang. The tourist boat stops at the next pier, Maharaj, from which the Palace is a slightly longer walk than from Chang.
  • Wat Arun (name from the Hindu God "Aruna") means the first light of the morning or the radiations of the rising sun. The main feature of Wat Arun is its distinctive Prang (spires) which were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II. The precious Prang are decorated by seashells and porcelain from China. During sunrise or sunset, when the light reflects off the surface of the Prang this is the stunning remembrance.
  • Just opposite Wat phro and on the opposite side of the river bank. To cross the river, pay only 3baht using ferry at the counter near the ferry gate. Beware of the local husslers trying to sell the tourists the expensive river cruise package.