"Wat Arun" Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun Tip by leffe3

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

The Temple of Dawn is on the Thon Buri side of Mae Nam Chao Phraya river and provides a wonderful river view when across the Chao Praya.

Following the sacking of the capital, Ayutthaya, at the end of the 18th century, King Taksin enlarged the temple that stood of the site to house the Emerald Buddha (now in the Grand Palace complex). Rama I and II enlarged the temple to the current size in the the early 19th century, with Rama IV adding the porcelain ornamentation in the 1880s.

20 baht entrance, 2 baht for the ferry across the river (each way). Avoid the stalls that have set up shop around the temple - especially the refreshment stalls which charge twice as much money as anywhere else I encountered.

Address: 158 Wang Doem Road, Wat Arun
Directions: On the west bank of the Chao Phraya River
Phone: +66 2 891 2978
Website: http://www.watarun.org/

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  • Updated Aug 7, 2007
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