Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Attraction 34 Wang Doem Rd, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
04:00 PM
05:30 PM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
People watching
1.50 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west bank of the ChaoPhraya River. It is made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands over the water.

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Why Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) is special ?

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.

Named by Bangkok's founder King Thaksin to signify the rise of the new kingdom (after Ayutthaya was destroyed), the Temple of the Dawn was originally much shorter until its expansion during King Rama III's rule (1824 - 1851). Local people donated the ceramic pieces that make up the temple's unique exterior decoration.

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What to explore at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)?

You can climb the central prang if you wish, the steps are very steep but there is a railing to balance yourself. Getting up is as tricky as getting down! When you reach the highest point you can see the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite. Along the base of this central tower there are sculptures of Chinese soldiers and animals.

Head into the ordination hall and you can admire a golden Buddha image and the detailed murals that decorate the walls. Although Wat Arun is a very popular for tourists, it is also an important place of worship for Buddhists. Make sure you dress appropriately, or pick up one of the cover ups that are for rent near the entrance.

Sunset views of the temple compound can be caught from across the river at the riverfront warehouses that line Th Maha Rat. Another great viewpoint is from Amorosa, the rooftop bar at the Arun Residence.

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How to get to Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)?

The best way to get there is by boat. Take a Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Tien pier at the Grand Palace on the East bank of the river. From there, cross the river with the Tha Tien express boat. During the short ride you will have excellent views and photo opportunities of the huge Wat Arun prang.

Selling points

  • For a stunning view
  • Serene and peaceful beauty
  • Amazing views from the top
  • History and Great Views
  • Good to see at night
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34 Wang Doem Rd, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • You should bring suntan, hat and sun glass to save your health.
    What to bring
  • You should bring your camera to caught the fascinating sunset view.
  • You should arrive in good time before sunset.
  • You should bring plenty of cash in case there is no ATM in this area.
  • You should keep a clean environment in this reverent place.
  • You should bring umbrella or raincoat, weather is unpredictable.
  • You should wear the comfortable shoes to move easily.
    What to wear
  • You should the polite clothes if you get into the temple.
    What to wear
  • Visitor should have to climb up many steps, so seniors should consider before getting.
  • When moving by boat, you should keep eyes on your children to avoid them standing near the edge of boat.


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One of the most beautiful temples and so different from so many others. Located next to the waterfront so is easy to get to by boat. Like all of Bangkok, there are just so many attractions to spend time walking around that one visit alone is not enough to take it all in. I spent four days in the city and will return.

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climb to the top and enjoy the breathtaking scene.

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