"Wat Arun?.Temple of the Dawn?" Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun Tip by Greggor58
Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun, Bangkok: 166 reviews and 326 photos
My time here at Wat Arun was short…and we visited later in the afternoon and the light wasn’t the best for taking photos, the sun behind the temple, my intention to return another time earlier in the day was never to be reality, not on this particular visit to Bangkok.
Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, its known as a symbol of Bangkok and has been located here in various incarnations since before Ayutthaya was the capitol of Thailand.
From its high central spire or prang you have a terrific view of the river and on the opposite shore, not too far from Wat Arun you can see another important Temple, Wat Pho.
Before it was moved to the Wat Phra Kaeo, at the Grand Palace complex, the Emerald Buddha was revered here until the late 1700’s. Wat Arun is truly a marvel and beautiful architectural wonder and to see the detail in the construction is all the reason that you need to visit here. It really is something spectacular to see and is so highly revered that its image is permanently on display on EVERY 10 Baht coin of Thailand.
The main 79 meter high tower or prang is surrounded by four smaller Prangs and as a grouping symbolically represents the “terrestrial representation of the thirty-three heavens”, a Buddhist concept. The prang itself as a structure is symbolic of the Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Hindu and Buddhist religions that is considered the “center of the Universe”.
All of the prangs are meticulously decorated with tiny pieces of ceramic that arrived in the country as ballast in the holds of trading vessels from China and the central prang has narrow stairways that lead to various platforms or terraces where you can stop and view the surroundings…be careful though…the stairs are QUITE steep!
The compound of Wat Arun is quite large and as you’ll find in most of the Temples throughout Bangkok and Thailand, there are many other smaller areas and shrines for worship. I found during my little tour a small oasis of shade that was fenced off and being used by a couple of Monks that were cooling off from the mid afternoon heat. I wanted to join them…but didn’t, and after asking, they allowed me to photograph them there.
There are plenty of opportunities to take some great photos but I would advise you to arrive in the morning to have the best light of the day to photograph here.
The Ubosot area is off to the side of the prangs and I only visited the outside of it. Yaksha (demons) guard the entranceway to the Ubosot area, a green one on the left, a white one on the right hand side of the entrance. The main entrance was closed off and so in fact Im not sure that it’s possible to enter the Ubosot.
Access to Wat Arun is easy if you will venture here yourself, or if you choose to explore by organized tour, I would imagine that all Tour Boats will make this a stopover on they’re itinerary.
To get here on your own…by boat…which is most fun I think…get yourself to the Tha Tien Pier (Pier Stop 8)…located close to Wat Pho…Here you can catch a smaller boat for a small charge and it will cross the river to the pier at the Wat where you can simply walk to the entrance.
If you are using buses to get here….busses 1, 25, 44, 47, 62 and 91 will do the job.
The Wat is accessible from 0830 -1730 and the cost to enter is only 50 baht…or the equivalent of about $ 1.50 USA.
Visiting here was certainly a memorable experience of my visit to Bangkok and I would definitely advise you to include some time in your itinerary here to see this for yourself.
Address: Tha Tien Pier, Chao Phraya River
Directions: From this pier take a cross river ferry to Wat Arun.
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