3 Must-See Temples in Bangkok – Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

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Wat Arun, also known as Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (I copied that from Google) is definitely my favorite sight in Bangkok. Maybe it is the combination of white marble and blue sky, or just the amazing architecture, but there was something about this place that made me feel really at peace with my mind.

Before You Go

Before going to any of the temples, make sure to be dressed in an appropriate manner – no shorts and too revealing clothes. Consider the weather conditions – inside the temples may be cool and dry but there are plenty of attractions to see outside so mind the heat (or rain during wet season).

How to get to Wat Arun

Wat Arun is opposite Wat Pho, so it is very easy to get to. From Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat that stops at pier 8. From here a small shuttle boat takes you from one side of the river to the other for only 3 baht.

Admission and Opening Hours

For the tourists, the temple charges an entrance fee of 100 baht. The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.

Beauty and Peace

The best time to visit the temple is before sunset – I would recommend you spend at least 2 hours to enjoy the beauty of the place and take some mesmerizing photos while you are there. The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang – 70 meters tall and covered in colorful porcelain. It is believed that it symbolizes Mount Meru of the Hindu cosmology.


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