Thailand is full of “Wat’s” – temples, and some of them are more interesting than others. Bangkok is no exception with a vast amount of temples. But which ones should be on the list of places to see? One of our favorites is Wat Arun Ratchavararam (The Temple of the Dawn), located on the west side of the river. This temple is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because it is right on the river, but the architecture is something different and special. You can cake a riverboat, and stop at pier 8, grab the “1 baht-boat” to the other side (which actually is 3 baht’s a person) and you are there.
The temple has a 70 meter high spire, and is covered with millions of small details. You can spend a lot of time just looking a all the details. We climbed the stairs, and these are really steep, so do mind your step both getting to the top and down again. At the top, you have great views over the river, Grand Palace and Wat Pho on the oppersite bank of the river, but properly you will spend most go the time on the top floor, wondering how the heck to get down again, without breaking a leg 🙂
The temple was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768, and the name came because he is said to arrive at the lot of the temple right at the dawn, after a fight. King Rama III did extend the central spire between 1824 and 1851.
Wat Arun used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha, which is now placed at the Grand Palace instead.
This temple provides the perfect combination of architecture and work-out, so what is not to like? You loved the place, and was there during daytime, but have heard that the best time is dusk, when is it getting dark, and the lights comes on, and glimmer in all the porcelain.