Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Thai: วัดอรุณราชวราราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร pronunciation ) or Wat Arun (Thai pronunciation: [wát ʔarun], "Temple of Dawn") is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks. The first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.
A Buddhist temple had existed at the site of Wat Arun since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was then known as Wat Makok, after the village of Bang Makok in which it was built. (Makok is the Thai name for the Spondias pinnata plant.) According to the historian Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the temple was shown in French maps during the reign of King Narai (1656–1688). The temple was renamed Wat Chaeng by King Taksin when he established his new capital of Thonburi near the temple, following the fall of Ayutthaya. It is believed that Taksin vowed to restore the temple after passing it at dawn. The temple enshrined the Emerald Buddha image before it was transferred to Wat Phra Kaew on the river's eastern bank in 1785. The temple was on the grounds of the royal palace during Taksin's reign, before his successor, Rama I, moved the palace to the other side of the river. It was abandoned until the reign of King Rama II (1809–1824), who had the temple restored and the main pagoda raised to 70 m. The work was finished during the reign of King Rama III (1824–1851).
Thor Mint | Jan 23, 2018
The famous temple of dawn. Nice place to visit by the riverside. It’s a pity the higher part is closed to the tourist, but understandable. There’s nothing inside, just what you can see from the outside. It’s a small amount, so it is worth paying just to walk around the main tower which represents the famous Mt. Meru. The ordination hall is also worth a visit and it’s just close by. (the one with the two big warriors on the entrance). Entrance is free. Hourly schedule: 8am-5pm Entrance fee: 50Baht
kuno paulus | Feb 22, 2018
One of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok. Its white plastered tiles have just been restored 2017 and so Arun shines in brilliant white. Farang entrance fee 50 Baht for the central part, outside is free and also beautiful. Easy access by 15 Baht ferry.
Noga From Egypt | Jan 27, 2018
is really one of the magnificent temples in Thailand. we took a ferry after visiting Wat Pho to go to Wat Arun which made it even more surreal. it makes you awe at the beauty and the colors of the architectures, also stick to the general dress code of temples visiting in Thailand also comfy shoes that are easy off and on is a must. It is spacious and beautiful, we enjoyed our time there. and we took lots of memory photos.
Marek Koszorek | Jan 1, 2018
Magnificent and awe inspiring place. Its name in English means Temple of Dawn. At this time of the day it looks excellent. It is a crowded place full of tourists. Best way to visit is to tame a ferry across the river. It is cheap and quick way to get there. Entrance fee is not big but remember to bring appropriate clothing covering legs and shoulders if you want to avoid problems at the gate.
Gaurav Batra | Jan 31, 2018
One of the most visited temple in Bangkok. Situated around riverside, you need to take a ferry to cross the river which costs just 4 Baht per person, entry charges in temple is just 50 baht. You also have the option to take hop on hop off boat here. Best time to visit would be in the evenings to avoid heat but check closing time.
Brett Gottfried | Mar 14, 2018
Beautiful large temple that you are allowed to walk around on. You can get a ferry from the other side of the river directly here. Quick and easy! There is a small entrance fee but it is good all day.
Ken Ken | Mar 16, 2018
it is good place we can see many buildings and statues. some buildings are under constractions. especially I'm surprised to eat the foods. they are all free to eat that. cook says they are all free and i can eat them. but after that, i confirmed my friends it is rare case. you don't expect free foods. but if you have them, you are a lucky person.
Sunil Goswami | Mar 11, 2018
It's a nice place, well built but essentially a religious place so keep that in mind if you visit here. Be careful to follow the rules that are posted ao as not to offend the devotees. It was recommended as a spot for a good sunset shot which is not incorrect bit to get a good shot you will need to be across the river.
Vishal Agrawal | Mar 10, 2018
Among several temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun is a famous Buddhist temple in bangkok. It has a huge structure with awesome ancient work, located on the side of canal. Stunning view of Bangkok city and lots of different kinds of sculpture placed around the vicinity. Must visit if you're in a Bangkok.
aditya cakrawidya | Apr 16, 2018
the places is huge. the building is architectary beautiful. it looks good at night since the light is shining it. the place is a little overcrowded. there are a lot of souvenir shop nearby. the toilet is bad and it smells bad. very easy to access here, using boat.
Jonathan Clark | Apr 16, 2018
Nice temple.... worth a visit. Don’t get a boat tour (1hr) from the guys outside by the river. It’s not an hour, or relaxing as they go way too fast, don’t stop anywhere except at a guy on a canoe trying to sell you wooden elephants, who gives the boat driver a red bull for the custom. Then drops you off at a pier where you pay a tariff. Scrubbers!
David Backer | May 18, 2018
Great experience visiting this temple. The colorful patterns and use of perspective are an awe-inspiring sight to behold. I actually experienced slight vertigo and had to stop looking up at some point. My wife was not covered up enough, so she had to rent extra layers for, I believe, 20 baht extra. Admission was 50 baht, but it is well worth it. We arrived using Grab then departed on a water ferry. Just near the temple away from the river are some cheap options for eating lunch, so consider exploring the side streets.
Shawn McGuire | May 15, 2018
CLEARLY ONE OF THE MOST VISITED SITES IN BANGKOK. All temples are in some way unique, this one (in part) because of the ornate ceramic work. Also, it's located on the river and is accessible by land or boat. The boat ride can be fun if your lucky and visiting on a week day. My photographs are mostly close up pictures of the detail.
Kamal Ismail | May 30, 2018
Beautiful temple. Small but worth visiting this. All the small tiles you see are hand placed and very intricate. It was 50 bhat to go if I’m not mistaken which is around 3 bucks CAD. I went on a hot summer day so make sure you bring water.
Pras Chan | Jun 11, 2018
A beautiful temple located on the banks of a canal that runs through central Bangkok. The sense of peace that you feel is astounding, as the noise of the busy city disappears and you're transported to a place of tranquility. A quick boat ride across the canal (at 4 baht) means that you can see this and the Grand Palace within one trip. The ticket price is 50 baht per person but it is worth the price to see this magnificent structure.
paul rowe | Jul 8, 2018
WONDERFUL. ALL TEMPLES HAVE THEIR OWN UNIQUE HISTORIES. This history is about a servant who became a warrior king. i only visited for about 2 hours. it was not enough. go out the back entrance and walk through the tiny lanes.
mary | Jul 6, 2018
Good view. amazing temple u should have to see.but have to wear neat dress.by the way dont worry.if u wear shorts there are some sarongs for rent. Just 20 bath deposit 100 bath. The weather is quite hot.in overview is good.
Luke Campbell | Aug 6, 2018
It is a beautiful location and a must-see if you are in Bangkok. It’s stunning up close however there is little to do besides wander around and climb halfway up (there was a barrier preventing us from climbing to the very top). The mosaics and artwork were beautiful. The surrounding foliage made the place look even more spectacular and the views were pretty good even if we didn’t get to climb all the way up (I’ve heard the view is amazing if you get to climb to the top).
Vinny Anugraha | Jul 20, 2018
A really wonderful temple, the sound of the bells gave a calm effect, the mosaic and details are beautiful, i just amazed when I came here, be careful because the stairs are quite steep, quite a lot of people when I came here. I walk around for an hour, it was a nice experience. there's a cafe outside if you thirsty. Overall highly recommended, a must place to go. I went here from The Grand Palace by a boat for 3 baht i think? It'll take you straight to the temple, entrance fee is around 50 baht. Really worth it.
Deepesh Dongre | Aug 6, 2018
Its a nice place to visit. The architecture of the building is very beautiful. You can go up to 2-3levels above which the entry is restricted. The place looks more beautiful from across the river. Also you can have a beautiful vies of this temple through cruise boat in night with all lights on.
Amira Damji | Jul 25, 2018
A really beautiful temple, and very cheap to get to from the town (4 Baht for a boat and 50 Baht entrance fee). There are some nice grounds to walk around in but the temple is the main attraction. You can only climb up the first set of stairs, as the rest of them are blocked off. This was quite disappointing as there was not much of a view of the city below.
Maks New | Aug 9, 2018
The temple of the dawn. What an amazing place! Climb as high up as you can and take some breathtaking photos of Bangkok with the Royal Palace on the other side of the river. Admire the detail of millions pieces of pottery glued together to create the gorgeous pillars.
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