Photos of Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok

View of Wat Arun Showing the Monkeys and Demons that Support the Towers

View of Wat Arun Showing the Monkeys and Demons that Support the Towers

Wat Arun Temple the “Temple of Dawn” in Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most famous Buddhist temples. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River Wat Arun is probably best known to visitors of Thailand because it is featured on much of the coinage.

Demon Holding Wat Arun in Bangkok

Demon Holding Wat Arun in Bangkok

The temple, which was originally built in the 17th century, is named after the Hindu god Aruna who is often depicted as the embodiment of the rising sun. At sunrise the temple’s spires, which are encrusted with ancient shards of broken Chinese porcelain and seashells, reflect sunlight giving the temple a sort of glow.

Buddha at the Wat Arun in Bangkok

Buddha at the Wat Arun in Bangkok

It is a fun place to visit particularly because of the views of the river and just climbing the extremely steep stairs is an adventure. It is impressive to look at from a distance but it is the details that make it more interesting.

View of the Chao Phraya River from Wat Arun

View of the Chao Phraya River from Wat Arun

Steep Stars at Wat Arun

Steep Stars at Wat Arun

Detail of the Chinese Porcelain that Decorates Wat Arun

Detail of the Chinese Porcelain that Decorates Wat Arun

How to get to Wat Arun Temple

Wat Arun Temple is located opposite Bangkok’s famous Wat Pho Temple. Take a riverboat from Sapphan Takin Boat píer to Pier 8. Then jump on a small shuttle boat that takes you across from one side of the river to the other.

Or take a taxi or a tuk-tuk.

Wat Arun Temple Opening Hours and Entrance Fees

Open daily from 08.30 to 17.30

Entrance fee: 100 baht per person.

Note: Remember to cover shoulders and no short shorts or vest tops.

 

Images made with a Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP Full Frame DSLR with theEF24-105mm IS Lens Kit.

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