A visit to the Wat Arun temple is a must while in Bangkok. We got there during our cruise on the Chao Phraya river, and I have noticed that most of the cruises stop there. Wat Arun is the only Buddhist temple I've ever seen, and it is just the way I've always imagined it.
The main tower is wonderfully and minutely decorated with thousands of statues and other decorations, that you can appreciate while climbimng the steep stairs to get to the top. Besides the main tower, the temple is made up of several pagodas and a beautiful garden. I litteraly fell in love with the Wat Arun temple, and I was so sorry we were only given 30 minutes to visit it, since our boat was leaving...
The entrance ticket costs 50 baths and you can spend there unlimited time, unless you are forced to hurry because your boat is leaving.
Be sure you have some water with you, since climbing the temple in hot season will make you very thirsty!
"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.
Name: Wat Arun
Attraction Type: Architecture, Wat-Temple, Buddha Image, View of Ratanakosin Island and Chao Praya River
Close to: Chao Praya River
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
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
After the fall of Ayuthaya, due to the Burmese invasions, King Thaksin established a temple here to host the emerald Buddha. The temple was named after the god od dawn or Aruna. Wat Arun has a very original architectural style and a tall chedi, which is 82m high. The tower's construction was lead by Rama II on 19th century and finished by his succesor Rama III
Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River opposite Wat Pho and is the standout temple in Bangkok. Construction of the tall prang and four smaller ones was started by King Rama II (r. 1809-1824) and completed by King Rama III (r. 1824-1851). The towers are supported by rows of demons and monkeys. Very steep and narrow steps lead to a balcony high on the central tower. The circumference of the base of the structure is 234 meters, and the central prang is 250 foot high. The central balcony commands an impressive view of Bangkok across the river. From here you can see the Grand palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the spacious Wat Pho.
The towers of Wat Arun are built of brick covered with stucco. The decorations are unique; thousands of pieces of multicoloured 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.
Open: 9am-5pm. Admission: 50B.
What is it?
The temple is also known as 'the Temple of Dawn', it stands on the riverbank and is one of the most photographed sights in Bangkok
The temple has fairly small ground with one large central tower, and four smaller ones. There seems to be some disagreement over the height of the main tower, with estimates ranging from 80 to 100 meters, with the majority of numbers somewhere in the region of 85.
Whatever the true height, the more remarkable features are, first of all, the steep steps (I have not been to Cambodia by then, so did not know what steep really means) and the bits of porcellain with which the tower is decorated.
Although it's known as 'the Temple of Dawn', personally I much preferred the view from the river after sunset
This place was great. The temple is covered with little pieces of porcelain. There were not many tourist there when I visited it so I could enjoy it better. I climbed almost to the top. It was a real challange, cuz of the stairs. They were almost vertical and very small, but when I had to come down it was even harder.
It is one of my favorite temples in Bangkok.
One of the most elegant temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun is located on the other side of the Menam Chao Phraya but you can easily take a short boat ride across from the Wat Pho. So you can visit both temples at the same time. Not to be missed if you want to say that you have seen all the famous temples of Thailand.
There is a small admission if you want to enter and climb the small steep steps to get a great view of the surrounding and the feel of the temple with the many elaborate carvings, mythical icons and statuettes.
As it is open air, it can be hot or raining. So be prepared for the elements. You can walk around the temple and see the surrounding monastic places for monks. I tried to find another way out but end up deciding to get back across the river.
After going to the Grand Palace, walk and go to Tha Ten Pier. Pay 2 baht for a boat ride to wat arun. Very cheap!!! There is an entrance of 20 baht to Wat Arun. The best location to take a good picture though is outside but you must go inside to be able to appreciate the temple.
Wat Arun should also be on your top list of temples to visit here. Cost just 50 bht to enter and a couple of bht to cross the river, this place is truly a gem. I personally enjoy the boat ride and also the climb up the temple. An amazing view from up there overseeing the Chao Praya river awaits you. Very cool...
Wat Arun was my personal favorite in Bangkok. Not only is it unique, but it is fun to climb the many steep steps to the top of the temple which allows a great view over Bangkok. The Wat is decorated with old China (plates and etc) which was used to balance weight in trade boats that came from China to Thailand. Instead of throwing away all the china, the Thai's used it to decorate this temple. Really the design is quite genius. You have to cross the river on a ferry to get there, just ask around or follow your travel guide. It can all get a bit confusing but is worth the effort!
WAT ARUN (Temple of the Dawn), is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier). Is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok.
The best views and photos of Wat Arun are in the evening with the sun setting behind it. There are some restaurants on the opposite side of the river that are good for watching this, though you'd be lucky to see the image of Wat Arun that's on all the postcards - that of the red sky sunset with the sun setting directly behind the temple. Sunset is around 6pm - 7pm.
Also known as the Temple of Dawn, this is Bangkoks most famous and recognizable monument. Built by Rama I in the late 18th century in the Khmer style, it looms 256 feet high above the river. The central prang is surrounded by 4 smaller ones. Throughout the complex are numerous guardian statues from China. Chinese influence can also be seen in the usage of porcelin. Demons hold up the prang making for a fascination fusion of cultures. Additionaly, one can see Hindu images showing the complex fusion of Buddhism and Hinduism in 18th Century Thailand.
Across the river from Wat Pho on the Thonburi side, this is a distinctive single spike of white intricately inlaid with broken porcelain. At 88 meters it was also the tallest structure in Bangkok until the advent of the modern skyscraper.
Although not as grand and certainly not as popular as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun stands out as my favorite of all Bangkok temples. Reasons:
1) The creativity and ingenuity in creating this lovely temple by recycling broken ceramics from Chinese merchant ships is simply fascinating. Look closely at the intricate temple ornaments, and these are mainly made of porcelain pieces - yes cups, saucers and plates.
2) Designed along Cambodian-Khmer lines, it stands out as one of the tallest religious structures in the country soaring to 104 meters. Coupled with its fantastic riverside location, it offers great vantage point to view Bangkok skyline and Chao Phraya river. Climbing the temple is fun, too, although you need to watch your steps very carefully.
3) Fully lit at night, Wat Arun is a sight to behold, especially from the restaurant across the river on Tha Tien pier with your favorite Singha (local beer) and spicy Thai food. Best time to visit is late afternoon before closing, and then grab a seat at the restaurant across the river to watch the sunset and soak in that wonderful, easygoing vibe. More night pictures of Wat Arun here.
After visiting the Wat Pho, i took a boat a cross the Chao Phraya River, i paid 4 bath for the boat and then 20 bath as the entrance fee for the temple. The original temple is from the Ayuthaya time, a new central tower or Prang was added in the 19th century by Rama II. This prang is covered with thousands of bits of chinese porcelain and ceramic tiles, and represents Mount Meru or the Home of Gods. The four smaller towers represent the Four Winds. There are great views of the city from the top of the Prang.