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Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Bangkok

13.8/5(8 Ratings)

What to do : Visit one of Bangkok's oldest temples

Ranked 5 of 89 sightseeing in Bangkok

Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, is one of the most distinguished landmarks in Bangkok. Located on the Chao Phraya River’s west bank, the temple is known for the iridescence it produces as the first light of dawn reflects off the river onto its spires.

History

The exact year of completion of the temple is not known; the only thing certain about it is that it was completed before 1656. Since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, a Buddhist temple has occupied the place Wat Arun is situated at, and it was King Taksin who took it upon himself to restore the temple as he passed by at dawn one day. The temple enshrined the Emerald Buddha until 1785, after which it was moved to its current shrine at Wat Phra Kaew. King Rama I decided to move the temple to its current position across the Chao Phraya River. The temple remained in a derelict state until King Rama II restored it and extended the pagoda to its current length of 70 metres.

Reason to Visit

Wat Arun is easily one of the most visually stunning structures in the country, mainly because of the imposing pagoda. The pagoda is over 70 metres high, with tiny pieces of coloured glass and porcelain laid intricately on it. It is possible to climb the spire, and although the task is difficult, the view at the top is worth it. One can see the Chao Phraya River all the way till it winds down, and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, which are situated on the opposite bank. The base of this tower is adorned with statues and figurines of Chinese soldiers and animals, from mythology. The view is best enjoyed at dawn and dusk, as the light reflects off the river and onto the glass decorations of the spire.

Entry Guidelines

The temple opens at 8 am and stays open till 5.30 pm. The entry fee is relatively cheap, priced at 50 Baht or around INR 100. The dress code is strict since the temple complex is a sacred spot. No bare feet, slippers, sandals or revealing clothes are allowed - if needed, one can rent a cover-up from the entrance. The temple can be reached easily via boat from the Tha Thien Pier directly opposite the temple complex.

Where to Eat

Some of the better restaurants are located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, all within a short walk from the temple. The Jin Chieng Seng, Sala Rattanakosin Eatery and the Eat Sight Story are all within the top hundred restaurants of the city and are about half a kilometre from the temple. For a varied experience, one should visit the Eagle Nest Restaurant which is 400 metres from the temple. The Wat Arun spire can be seen in all its glory from the table, and it only becomes better towards the dusk.


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What travellers are saying about Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
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Timing, fees and more

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Operating hours

Sun:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
fee

Entry Fee

Adult:
THB 50
Child:
THB 50
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Contact Details

Website: http://www.watarun.net

Phone: +6628912185

Reviews and Ratings

Rita Narula

Rita Narula4.3/5

26 reviews

Beautiful temple

It is a super major tourist spot along with the Royal Palace for sightseeing in Bangkok. Although it is a standard for local Japanese Tours, it is also very easy to understand for individual travelers, so we recommend using the express boat that runs the Chao Phraya River.

Subodh gurjar

Subodh gurjar5.0/5

6 reviews

A MUST visit temple when in BKK

A very good temple - for the SUN god - or temple of Dawn -When we visited it was under renovation - so going up the temple ( about 70-80 odd steps) was not possible.None the less the - ferry across the river - the garden around the temple is worth visiting and seeing.Its an important temple in BKK and is part of Thai cultureTry not to miss this one.

Biplaw kumar

Biplaw kumar2.9/5

5 reviews

Under construction.

The temple is under construction and is covered with scaffolding so you can't see the complete beauty of the place. You must carry a hat or an umbrella because the sun can really burn your skin.

Praveen Singhal

Praveen Singhal4.6/5

7 reviews

Worth visiting

We visited this place in APRIL 27, it was a hot day what we felt, the place is big and need to drink lot of water. Don't miss the shows specially the dolphin show, it was one of the nice time I had in Bangkok.

Shamili Sur

Shamili Sur3.6/5

72 reviews

Not up to the mark as expected

I had an huge expectation from this place as I have seen in many photographs, but it has been broken. Due to renovation we could not enter at the top. But the crystal work at the wall is really nice.
  • Not up to the mark as expected

Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta2.9/5

2 reviews

Canal route is fun

Was definitely above average, we took canal route so that was fun and cheap too. Will recommend if you are into museums and ancient history. If you are in Bangkok than do give it a visit.

Paari K

Paari K2.5/5

8 reviews

Nice temple across the river

This temple is just opposite across river Chao Prya. If you want to see the bird's eye view of the river Chao Prya then climb up. But it is very steep and not recommended for people with knee problem. During sunny day it is further difficult.

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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok
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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok