Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, Bangkok, Thailand

Or “Wat Arun”

Free translation: “The temple of Dawn”. Named after the Hindu god “Aruna” who was often depicted as rising sun beams. Wat Arun was formerly known as Wat Makok (Nok), and nowadays referred to by the locals as: “Wat Chaeng”. But w(h)at’s in a name, the temple is just stunning. The Buddhist temple is located right next to the Chao Phraya river (West bank) in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple was built during the 17th century, but the famous towers were built during the 19th century under King Rama II.

Picture: Wat Arun Picture: Wat Arun 

Wat Arun was renovated in the early months of 2017. The central “Phrang” (main tower) is the highlight of the temple and is about 72 meters high and is covered with porcelain and seashells. The temple is built in “Khmer-style”. Meaning that the tower is very pointy. The same goes for the 4 other smaller Phrangs.

Picture: Wat Arun  Picture: Wat Arun 

Around Wat Arun, you can find some small souvenir shops and places to eat. Wat Arun is really one of the most known and impressive landmarks along side the Chao Phraya river.

Usefull tips 

  • Entree fee: 50 Baht
  • Dresscode: Clothing that covers your legs and shoulders. If you didn’t bring appropriate clothing, you can rent some for 20 Baht (+ 100 Baht deposit).
  • Website: Their official website is: watarun.org
  • Visiting time: Best time to visit is early morning, as it is still quiet at the site.
  • Opening hours: Daily 08:30 – 17:30.

How to get there

As the temple is located across the river from Bangkok downtown, you will need to cross the Chao Phraya river to the West bank.

There are several bridges if you like to take a taxi or Tuk-Tuk. However, as most people do, you can easily cross the river on a ferry. The cross over costs only 4 Baht per person, one way.

Picture: Wat Arun  Picture: Wat Arun 

The place to hop on the ferry is right next to Wat Pho / the laying Buddha. Just cross a local market to the river and jump on board. You can buy your ticket easily at the entrance. Hop off at the Maharaj pier. You cannot miss it. As a tip: find a place on the boat where you can hold on to a rail as the ride can be quite fast and rough. The boat trip takes only approximately 10 minutes.

Picture: Chao Phraya water stops map

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