Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun, Bangkok

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    Wat Arun - Temple of the Dawn

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    Wat Arun is a very prominent structure along the west bank of the Chao Phraya. The temple has gone through several name changes over the years (since the 17th century). Currently the temple is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. The Wat is composed of one main spire or "Prang" that is 79 meters in height. This is surrounded by four lessor Prangs, each representing the fours directions of the guardian gods. The famous Emerald Buddha was housed at Wat Arun until 1785 when it was moved to the east side of the river at Wat Prha Kaew.

    The grounds are beautiful and access is very easy from the ferry at Tha Tien pier across the Chao Phraya.
    Foreigners must pay a 50 baht entrance fee. The Wat is open to the public from 8am to 6pm daily.

    You can access the top of the main Prang. However, the steps to the top or the steepest I have ever seen at any temple in Thailand, Cambodia or Tibet. Railings or provided which you need to help pull yourself up as well as assisting with the decent.

    Wat Arun is a must see attraction!

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  • Scam scam every where...............

    by 1aeprk Written Aug 3, 2014

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    Wat Pho and Grand Palace.......The well known place for scammers, cheaters mafia....Don't get any advice from English speaking thai men,tuk tuk guy etc.Don't be fool by taking their advice to visit lucky budha,jeweler export shops last day offer, long tailed boat etc.Dont listen to 'the temple is closed'. Who ever you meet all will be part of the same mafia, they cheat you in frond of grand palace or wat pho .The CCTV of grand palace is not going to help you. Nobody will help you including the police because they think making money is very difficult thing for Thais and you tourists/ foreigners(farang in thai) have enough excess money .

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    WAT ARUN

    by davidjo Updated Aug 1, 2014

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    Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, named after the Indian God of Dawn can be seen as you travel down the river by water taxi or passenger boat. It is easy to reach by public transport (boat) or you can go on an organised tour. I am afraid it is one of the places where foreigners pay an entrance fee of 50 baht while it is free for locals. It is possible to climb up part of the way and get a good view of the river, but to appreciate the temple more is to view it from the river. It looks wonderful at night when it is lit up.

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  • Temple of Dawn

    by volopolo Updated Jul 29, 2014

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    Wat Arun
    "The Temple of the Dawn",


    Located on the west bank of Chao Praya River (Thonburi side). The most attractive structure of Wat Arun is the center 79 meter high pagoda. You have a wonderfull view from the pagoda to Bangkok-Ratanakosin island. I took from the pagoda wonderfull photos.


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    Name: Wat Arun
    Attraction Type: Architecture, Wat-Temple, Buddha Image, View of Ratanakosin Island and Chao Praya River
    Close to: Chao Praya River
    Location: Tonburi
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Wat Arun
    Photos: You can take great photos of the Pagoda and great photos to the Ratanakosin Island, Chao Praya river, Bangkok's skyscrapers from the Pagoda.
    Last Visit: September 2007
    Be careful: The steps


    My Photos
    First Photo: Prang of Wat Arun
    Second photo: Art in Wat Arun
    Third photo: Wat Arun and Chao Praya
    Forth photo: Wat Arun
    Fifth photo: Buddha Image

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    Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) 3

    by machomikemd Written Aug 12, 2013

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    part three of my Wat Arun Tips with more pictures of the main Central prang and smaller prangs

    Wat Arun is a buddhist temple located in the Bangkok Yai district, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is a Khymer Styled Chedi since thailand was ruled by the cambodians in the 12th century then the cambodians became subjects of the ayutthaya kingdom in the 15th century.

    The outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower). Steep steps lead to the two terraces. The height is reported by different sources as between 66,80 m and 86 m. The corners are surrounded by 4 smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. Around the base of the prangs are various figures of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals. Over the second terrace are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan.

    The towers of Wat Arun are built of brick covered with stucco. The decorations are unique; thousands of pieces of multicolored Chinese porcelain. In niches in the central tower are green figures of the God Indra seated on Erawan, the traditional Thai three-headed elephant. Niches in the smaller towers contain figures of the Moon God, on a white horse. The trident of Shiva extends from the top of each tower.

    Next to the prangs is the Ordination Hall with the Niramitr Buddha image supposedly designed by King Rama II. The front entrance of the Ordination Hall has a roof with a central spire, decorated in coloured ceramic and stuccowork sheated in coloured china. There are 2 demons, or temple guardian figures in front.

    Wat arun is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 p,m everyday and there is a 50 baht entrance fee for foreigners and free for thai people.

    pose side prangs at thr base more pictures pose
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    Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) 2

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    part two of my Wat Arun Tips with more pictures of the ceremonial hall and the temple

    Wat Arun is a buddhist temple located in the Bangkok Yai district, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is a Khymer Styled Chedi since thailand was ruled by the cambodians in the 12th century then the cambodians became subjects of the ayutthaya kingdom in the 15th century.

    The outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower). Steep steps lead to the two terraces. The height is reported by different sources as between 66,80 m and 86 m. The corners are surrounded by 4 smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. Around the base of the prangs are various figures of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals. Over the second terrace are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan.

    The towers of Wat Arun are built of brick covered with stucco. The decorations are unique; thousands of pieces of multicolored Chinese porcelain. In niches in the central tower are green figures of the God Indra seated on Erawan, the traditional Thai three-headed elephant. Niches in the smaller towers contain figures of the Moon God, on a white horse. The trident of Shiva extends from the top of each tower.

    Next to the prangs is the Ordination Hall with the Niramitr Buddha image supposedly designed by King Rama II. The front entrance of the Ordination Hall has a roof with a central spire, decorated in coloured ceramic and stuccowork sheated in coloured china. There are 2 demons, or temple guardian figures in front.

    Wat arun is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 p,m everyday and there is a 5- baht entrance fee for foreigners and free for thai people.

    king rama II King Rama II portrait pose inside statues
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    Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) 1

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    part one of my Wat Arun Tips with more pictures inside.

    Wat Arun is a buddhist temple located in the Bangkok Yai district, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is a Khymer Styled Chedi since thailand was ruled by the cambodians in the 12th century then the cambodians became subjects of the ayutthaya kingdom in the 15th century.

    The outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower). Steep steps lead to the two terraces. The height is reported by different sources as between 66,80 m and 86 m. The corners are surrounded by 4 smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. Around the base of the prangs are various figures of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals. Over the second terrace are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan.

    The towers of Wat Arun are built of brick covered with stucco. The decorations are unique; thousands of pieces of multicolored Chinese porcelain. In niches in the central tower are green figures of the God Indra seated on Erawan, the traditional Thai three-headed elephant. Niches in the smaller towers contain figures of the Moon God, on a white horse. The trident of Shiva extends from the top of each tower.

    Next to the prangs is the Ordination Hall with the Niramitr Buddha image supposedly designed by King Rama II. The front entrance of the Ordination Hall has a roof with a central spire, decorated in coloured ceramic and stuccowork sheated in coloured china. There are 2 demons, or temple guardian figures in front.

    Wat arun is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 p,m everyday and there is a 5- baht entrance fee for foreigners and free for thai people.

    front Wat Arun View at Chao Phraya River at the pier cruising along the chao phraya river entrance
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  • Climb Wat Arun

    by liyenz Written Jun 30, 2013

    There were advices from the websites say that it is best to avoid crowd in the morning and go there in the evening to see the lightings. So, it is depend on individual travel plan. As for us, we decided to visit Wat Arun upon arrival to join the crowd. So, we took the boat to the opposite and started walking. Enjoy the climbing and the scenery surrounding! It is worth to climb. There is an entrance fee of 50Baht per person. And look down to see how steep the stairs are. The below picture shows how steep the stairs are. It has technique to get down and again, it depends on individual preferences to go down. On the left side of this picture shows the design of the motif found at the wall of this building. It is an unique design.

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  • A BKK Must Visit

    by TalkBangkok Written Aug 1, 2012

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    Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is Bangkok most famous landmark next to the Grand Palace, located on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It consists of a high central prang (its height is reported by different sources as between 66 and 86m), surrounded by four smaller prangs. All of them are all decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which have been previously used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. The ashes of King Rama II are buried in the base of a presiding Buddha image.

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    Wat Arun Temple of the Dawn

    by Rinjani Written Jun 10, 2012

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    Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn is situated at the west of Chao Phraya river bank in Thonburi area. The temple is surrounded by small towers or Phra Prang. You can climb the very steep stairs to enjoy the view from the top. (Assumption height is more than 100 meter).

    The temple is photogenic, although the best spot to photograph this beautiful temple is from the river, unless if you are using wide angle.

    If you are fancy to take your picture taken in Thai dress, there is Thai traditional dress for hire.
    The temple is open from 8.30 to 5.30 with entrance fee of 200 THB. We reached this temple by the boat organized by the tour.

    Climb to the top, Wat Arun
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    The Wat Arun

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 4, 2012

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    The beautiful Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn is situated on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. You can get here by boat from Tha Tien near Wat Po for 3 baht. We did that on our first visit. This time we walked here from Wat Kalayanamit on the other side of the Khlong Bangkok Yai. This temple is steep and as you climb up you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the river and over Thonburi. The temple is decoarated with many statues and with brightly coloured crockery. Well worth visiting for the views alone. We came during Chinese New Year and were able to watch lion dancing here, too.

    View over Chao Phraya River from Wat Arun. View from Wat Arun. Statues, Wat Arun. Statues Wat arun.
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    Wat Arun: The Temple of Dawn

    by theguardianangel Updated Nov 28, 2011

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    Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is one of the popular and easiest to locate through the Chao Phraya River Express boat. The temple is decorated by bits of multi-colored porcelain and consists of 20 story prang or pagoda. Entrance fee: 50Baht, opens 8-5pm.

    You can walk through the very steep stairs of the main prang which will give a very good view of the Chao Phraya River.
    There are lots of souvenirs on the side of the main attraction. There are keychains, shirts, pens, caps, hats etc. Actually, I find the souvenirs here less cheap than those of mini stores near the Platinum Mall.

    The besy way to come here is by boat, to the Tha Tien by the Chao Phraya River Express boats. You can just transfer from 1 boat to another, fare is 2Baht.

    Wat Arun overlooking the chao phraya river super hot in Bangkok! am i doing the pose right?
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    Wat Arun: The Temple of the Dawn

    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Aug 26, 2011

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    Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is one of the more famous temples of Bangkok. Called the Temple of the Dawn due to its catching of the morning light, the wat is one of the newer temples in Thailand, built in the early 19th century. Still, it evokes the same architectural style and significance of much older temples (such as those seen in Sukhothai). The temple is a great place to get an up-close look at the architecture of the temples, and commands a terrific view of Bangkok.

    While Wat Arun is likely included on many city tours, taking the river taxi yourself gets you a nice tour of the river, and is less expensive. The visitor's fee for foreigners is 50 Bhat, and you can climb all the stairs up to the upper terrace.

    From across the river Wat Arun dominates the sky Architecture of the main prang Demon dog! Thai pride draped on the temple
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    visiting 9 temples (Wat): Wat Arun

    by iyukase Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    for "shining light"

    Wat Arun, often called “The Temple of Dawn”, is one of the most remarkable visual identities of Bangkok. The imposing Khmer-style “prang” or tower is 104 metres tall and decorated with bits of porcelain that was used as ballast by boats coming from China.

    Flowers...and flowers, the pattern of all temple wall is flower, so cute for a holy place....girls will love it!!!

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    The Main Spire (Prang) (2 photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    The central spire has a height of approximately 70 feet, built of brick and covered with pieces of Chinese porcelain and glazed ceramic. These products were available because Chinese ships carrying Thai products to China needed ballast material while travelling without cargo back to Bangkok to reload. When loaded with cargo, the porcelain and ceramics were discarded and appropriated by the builders of the wat. Figures of demons and half - humans support the different layers. Construction was completed in the early 18th Century during the reign of Rama III. Details of the figures and ceramics are on this page.

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  • Jan 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I keep on reading the comments and see that there's various rate on the entrance fee. Which one is the real one for foreigners?

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