No trip to Thailand is complete without visiting a select handful of their temples. Since the majority of Thai’s population is Buddhist, temples — known as wats— are literally everywhere. Most temples in Thailand are beautiful and possess extraordinary historical and cultural significance. One of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks and known from many postcards, the Wat Arun is located on Thonburi side of Bangkok, almost opposite to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Wat Arun is known as the Temple of the Dawn, people said it’s stunning at sunset, particularly when lit up at night. However due to our limited time, we visit it at noon. At the moment we visited, it’s being renovated so it’s covered in scaffolding and despite the crazy hot and humid weather, we can still get the effect of the beauty.
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The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which are encrusted with colourful porcelain. The corners are surrounded by four smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain. The presiding Buddha image, cast in the reign of Rama II, is said to have been moulded by the king himself. The ashes of King Rama II are buried in the base of the image.
To go to Wat Arun, you can take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin, transit at Siam and change to train going to Wong Wian Yai, get off at Saphan Taksin, exit the station and walk down to Central Pier. From there, take a riverboat to Tha Tien Pier. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves – no tank tops and no bare feet. Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that can provide clothes to cover you up properly.