Travel

Wat Arun: The Temple of the Dawn at Daytime

I missed to visit this temple on my hurried trip in Bangkok a few years ago, having prioritized the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha. This recent trip however, afforded me to enjoy Chao Phraya River, cruise it with a longtail boat and a river boat, and visit Wat Arun, famously known as the Temple of the Dawn.

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aboard the longtail boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting There

To get to Wat Arun, I haphazardly paid a hefty sum and boarded a longtail boat. I approached the counter in Saphan Taksim boat pier and told the crew that I am going to Wat Arun. I was whisked a little later to a longtail boat. Instead of disembarking at Pier 8, the boat docked at Pier 9 which was closer to Grand Palace. I had to walk back to Pier 8 where a small boat would take us to the other side of river, at Wat Arun’s entrance.

I learned on my way home that I took the expensive and tiring route to Wat Arun. A cheap and more comfortable alternative was to take a river boat. The fare is just a fraction of what I paid on the longtail boat and I didn’t have to walk back as the river boat stops at Pier 8. It was also a good way to “feel like a local” instead of the touristy longtail boats.

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Wat Arun from the longtail boat cruiser’s view

 

 

 

 

 

More of Wat Arun

War Arun is named after the Hindu god Aruna, a personification of the reddish glow of the rising sun. They say that the best views of Wat Arun comes at sunset. However, schedule did not permit and I visited the temple at daytime.

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The Ordination Hall guarded by yaksha figures
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The central prang cornered by 4 smaller prangs
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The Central Prang of Wat Arun taken at the entrance

The main feature of this temple is the central prang which is adorned by colorful porcelain.

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A balcony is located high in the central prang. However, climbing up and descending is a bit of a challenge as the steps are narrow and steep. I chose to do it anyway and see what’s in store for  me up there, holding on to the railings and minding each step I took.

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The balcony provides this breathtaking views of Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace opposite the river.

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Although one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok, it is also an important place of worship for Buddhists. Remember to dress appropriately and maintain silence.

If I head to Bangkok again, I’d make sure Wat Arun to stun me on a sunset or see it at night when its all lit up or see it when the first ray of sun shines its light on this temple.

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