"An eternal symbol of Bangkok (3 photos)" Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun Tip by nicolaitan

Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun, Bangkok: 168 reviews and 331 photos


Wat Arun, the Temple of the Morning Dawn, is one of the most well-known symbols of this city. It is named after Aruna, the Indian god of the dawn. Coming after the Thai expuslion from the capital Ayutthaya, King Taksin also named it to indicate the dawn of a new Royal Dynasty. The temple is the only major attraction on the Thonburi side of the river, and is usually reached by boat. The photos document the approach to the temple from the river. There is a large main spire and 4 surrounding smaller spires, apparently unique site plan, in Thailand. The 4 smaller spires are taken to symbolize the four winds. The central prang denotes Mt. Meru, the home of the gods.

Address: Tha Tien Pier, Chao Phraya River
Directions: From this pier take a cross river ferry to Wat Arun.
Phone: 02-466-3167
Website: http://www.watarun.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 17, 2005
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