Wat Arun

Temple of Dawn 400
Temple of Dawn Ancient Guards
Photo by: Bruce Tuten, Creative Commons

There are many places worth visiting as you go to Thailand. Many popular places you probably see on postcards will motivate and excite you to tour these places. Among the popular landmarks is the Temple of Dawn. Also known as Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn is one of the most photographed and marvelous landmarks that represent Bangkok. It is distinguished for its Khmer style tower, commonly known as prang. The Main tower is surrounded by smaller ones which are four in number. According to the tourism agency of Thailand, the main tower is 104 m in height. The building is adorned by porcelain, a marking of King Rama III’s reign.

The Temple of Dawn can be viewed from a distance across the river. The building also has murals and images of the Buddha. You can walk up the very steep stairs of the prang, and soak in the beauty of the river of Chao Phraya.

Named after the Indian god of dawn Aruna, the Temple of Dawn is best viewed during sun set. Establishments such as restaurants can be located nearby and staying in one of these establishments is enough for you to have a great view of the Wat Arun.

To reach the Wat Arun, you can use the river transportation. You can take the Tha Tien express boat near the Grand Palace. You can take a cab to reach the Tha Tien.

When you visit the Temple of Dawn, you can also schedule a side trip on other nearby visitor attractions such as the Wat Phra Kaew, the district of Banglamphu, the Wat Pho, Chinatown and the National Museum.

You will sure enjoy and love the old world atmosphere brought about by the massive architecture of the Temple of Dawn. It sure is a very memorable experience for you and your loved once to see the temple.

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