Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok
Photos of Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok
Wat Arun also called the “Temple of Dawn” is one of Bangkok’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.
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.
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.
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.