Wat Arun: The Majestic Temple
Wat Arun or also known as Wat Chaeng or the Temple of the Dawn is perhaps one of the top tourist spots in the entire Bangkok. With the number of temples around the area, each temple is beautifully unique. Built back in 1768 as envisioned by King Taksin as he arrived in this spot after the battle in Ayutthaya on a dawn time. Thus, the name and the entire construction of it was envisioned and realized. King Rama did some modification for beautification purposes by adding porcelain on this temple back in 1824 up to 1851.
Location of Wat Arun
Found in the West area of the Chao Phraya River is the Wat Arun. Since it is nearby a river, it may be reached by riding a tourist boat which will cross the river for you to arrive at the temple. Its prime location has added a unique feature with the overall beauty of the Wat Arun. For a minimal fee, heading to Wat Arun from Wat Pho is pretty convenient and easy.
What is it made up of?
The combined wonders of colorful stones, ceramic mosaic and gems make the place sparkle and glimmer. As it touches the rays of the sun, one cannot help but notice the unique and grand beauty of it. The beautification mode to this temple is a great reflection of how much the Thai people are dedicated to honoring the venerating of their gods. With its 7-meters height, the colored glass and Chinese porcelain used in building the temple is fascinatingly evident.
What To Do In Wat Arun
Catching the sunset while at the peak or top of the temple is one of the best things which you could do here. Aside from that, standing from the top will give one the access to see the great view of the entire temple plus the nearby river. The view is culturally rich and refreshing. One just has to be careful in climbing since the steps are too steep and there is a high tendency that one might fall if not careful. To be sure, you can make use of the railing available on the sides to serve as your guide as you climb and as you go down later on.
Another fascinating thing to see here is the Chinese sculptures of soldiers and animals. Aside from that the golden image of Buddha plus the decorations painted on the walls are equally fascinating.
What to Wear in Wat Arun
Though the place is a tourist spot, it is also important to know that the place is also considered as something holy for the Buddhist. That is why if you are planning to go here or in any other temple in Bangkok, you have to wear something decent. In this case, a cloth that covers your body is necessary. If it so happened that you are not bringing the required dress code, then you may also opt to rent outside the temple for a minimal fee. Once you move out, be sure to return it.
For the males, however, they are more lenient. In fact, I was able to wear short pants in my latest visit.
What time does Wat Arun operate and how much does it cost?
The Wat Arun temple is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 in the afternoon. As for the cost, it will only take you 50 baht to enter the temple. With a minimal fee, you can be a part of history and you can already witness how history shaped the culture of the Thai people.
How to Get to Wat Arun
Wat Arun is on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River. So you if you are on the Grand Palace or Wat Pho, ask where is the Ferry Terminal for Wat Arun. It is the cheapest and quickest way to reach the temple. Fare is about 3 baht.
The Wat Arun temple is indeed a sight to behold. If you happen to visit Bangkok in the future, do not forget to include this one in your itinerary. I am sure that you are going to have a grand and amazing time in your stay here. Have a Happy Trip!
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