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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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  • The full name is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan. Gratefully, that’s shortened to Wat Arun☺ The Anglicized term is Temple of Dawn. It’s a Buddhist temple (wat) across Chao Phraya River from...  more »
  • Beautiful temple but currently mar 2017 the whole building is covered in scaffolding. So for photography currently not the best place to go. But still a beautiful sight.  more »
  • Located on the other side on the river of the palace and wat pho. You can access it by ferry. In my opinion not worth going inside but it is nice to watch from the river. Currently under construction.  more »
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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.