The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)


Wat Arun reflection


Wat Arun is a wonderful photogenic temple that is opened daily from 8am-5.30pm. The temple is free for Thais and 50 baht for foreigners. Located on the bank of the Chao Phraya river it’s also known as the Temple of Dawn.

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Dating back to the seventeenth century, Wat Arun is named after the Hindu God Aruna, meaning reddish glow of the rising sun and therefore reflects the first sun onto the rest of Bangkok. The prang, with its height of around 80 meters, was built during the early nineteenth century and overlooks the Chao Phraya river. One of the tallest in Thailand, it’s beautifully ornamented with millions of small coloured tiles of Chinese porcelain. Walking up the steep stairs of the prang you will see the beautiful detail.

Wat Arun
The spectacular colours of Wat Arun at night.

Most popular for the prang rising above the Chao Phraya river, visitors to Wat Arun will also see the four mondops (pavilion) around the central prang with images of the Buddha’s life, the ordination hall and a mondop, containing more than 100 images of the Buddha. For the best view cross to the other side of the river before sunset and gaze at the beauty that enshrines Wat Arun.

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Respecting Wat Arun

When visiting Wat Arun it is important to dress appropriately to not offend the culture and the locals. Both sexes should cover their knees and shoulders. Ideally you would tend to cover your ankles as well. Tank tops, shorts above the knees are not appropriate to wear. However, a scarf or pashmina to cover the shoulders over a tank top is acceptable. Available at the temple grounds are modest clothes that can be rented near the temple entrance.

Finding your way to Wat Arun

An easy way to get to there is by boat. Take the Tha Tien pier and then take the ferry across the river. Don’t forget your camera. When on the water you will have some great photo opportunities.


158 Wang Doem Rd, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600

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