Wat Arun

Wat Arun Bangkok Landmark

Wat Arun is one of the most used landmark photos in Bangkok. It is well worth a visit rather than simply looking at it from the river bank.

Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn.

Wat Arun is called the Temple of the Dawn, after the Indian God of the Dawn - Aruna.

The full name is Wat Arunrajawararam Rajaworamahavihara.

It is visible from many parts of central Bangkok - It's outline and prangs dominating the East bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Wat Arun has a historical past - being built in the days of Thailand's ancient capital of Ayuthaya.

It is decorated with thousands of small pieces of porcelain and other earthenware fragments, which reputedly came from Chinese Merchant Ships which used the fragments as ballast in the hull of their ships. Quite unique by way of decoration.

The main Buddha image was probably designed by King Rama II. Two superb mythical Guardian Giants stand sentry.

The Temple of the Dawn.

Wat Arun Bangkok LandmarkThe name of Wat 'Arun' comes from the Indian God of Dawn - Aruna. Wat Arun is also known as the Temple of the Dawn.

This name is not to be confused with the fact that on a good evening, the temple can be seen set against spectacular sunsets skies - with the sun directly behind the Temple at the right time - and place.

New robes are presented to the monks each year, after HM The King - or the King's Representative travels to Wat Arun by Royal Barge Procession. This normally takes place at the end of the Lent Period for monks (3 months) in a ceremony known as Tod Kathin.

The highlight for tourist with a little bit of a head for heights and not too much of a nervous disposition, will be the climb up the very steep steps of the central prang, where commanding views of the Chao Phraya River, and 'new' Bangkok can be be viewed.

A good view of Wat Arun, can be had from the opposite side of the river at sunset. At certain times of the year, the setting sun can be seen directly behind this monumental landmark.

Wat Arun s open daily from 7/30am till 5/30pm

Wat Arun: Seen from Chao Phraya River

Wat Arun: Seen from Chao Phraya RiverWat Arun is actually a 'representation' of the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology - Mount Meru. In Tibetan Buddhist mythology, this is a place that represents the center of the universe.

These steep steps are not for the faint-hearted, but well worth the climb - and descent afterwards!

This central Prang in Wat Arun, reaches to a height of 67 meters and is the tallest of any Wat in Thailand.

Intricate mosaic work with hundreds of thousands of individual pieces of porcelain and china fragments. Wat Arun seems to be unique with this style of ornamentation - Khmer style.

The main Buddha image is believed to have been designed by King Rama II. Four walls are fronted with a spectacular line-up of Buddha images, with hand painted murals on the walls behind.

Bus routes 19, 57, 83 - Admission 20baht, but be prepared for a 'donation' requested of a further 100 baht! 0 2465 5640