Temple Of Dawn
Wat Arun is an ancient temple that dates back to the Ayutthaya period, formerly known as “Olive Temple”. It is one of the most stunning Royal Thai temples in Bangkok and famous landmark by its location on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River and also built in Khmer architectural style which is quite impressive.
Wat Arun is commonly referred by another name also “The Temple of Dawn” because it looks magnificent in the early morning right before the sun rises. You can spend at least an hour visiting the temple. It is splendid at Sunset also, particularly when lit up at night. So, best time to see Wat Arun is at sunrise and sunset in the evening itself.
The main feature of Wat Arun is its central colorful prangs with four large prangs, also known as spires. The main prang stands over 70 meters tall, beautifully adorned with tiny pieces of coloured glass and rare antiques such as Benjarong bowl used for attractive pattern. The sun glistened on prangs is something special over the water. You can climb the central prang if you wish for having a nice view of the river and surrounding area. Because the stairs are very steep and narrow but there’s a railing to help you make the balance.
How to get to Wat Arun:
1. The area of the Wat Arun is located directly opposite the Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha Temple) on the other side of the river. You can easily get there via a pier cross the river. It’s a short walk from Wat Pho to Tha Tian Express Boat Pier, then take the direct ferry to Wat Arun. There are many ferries to take you across the river at 4 Baht. Moreover, The Grand Palace is also nearby the Wat Pho and opposite to Wat Arun.
2. Arrive BTS Saphan Taksin S6 Station (Silom Line) from all other places.
A). Take exit 2, walk 1 minute to Central Pier (Sathorn Pier)
B). Take Chao Phraya Express Boat at Central Pier to Tha Tien (No.8)
C). Then use the ferry service from No. 8 Tha Tien to Wat Arun, Ratchawararam
Temple Of Dawn
Daily from 8:30 AM – 05.30 PM
THB 100 per person + Boat tickets approx THB 15-20 per person
158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand