Wat Arun

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One of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks and the poster boy for temples, Wat Arun is best known for its huge Khmer-style “prang”. The prang, with its height of more than 80 meters, is the highest in Thailand.

Commonly known as the “Temple of Dawn”, it’s one of the only six first-class Royal Temples in Thailand. It’s easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location but also because of the unique design unlike any other in the city.

Wat Arun is near opposite of Wat Pho, which makes hopping to and from both places a breeze. From Saphan Taksin boat pier, you can simply take a riverboat that stops at Pier 8. There’s also a small shuttle boat that takes you from one side of the river to the other. 

Believe it or not, Wat Pho used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha before Bangkok was even founded. Thus, Wat Pho is one of the few temples that existed before the founding of Bangkok and the start of the current Rattanakosin era in 1782. 

Once you’re there, we recommend you to spend at least an hour touring around the temple. Although it’s known as the Temple of the Dawn, it's mind-blowingly striking at sunset, and even more so when lit up at night. However, the quietest and best time to visit is early morning, right before the usual crowd and the scorching sun starts settling in.

It’s not surprising that Wat Arun is considered by many as one of the most appealing temples in Thailand due to the sheer beauty of the architecture and excellent craftsmanship. The Khmer-style Prang (tower) by the Chao Phraya River is perhaps. The Prang rises over 80 meters high, beautifully decorated with intricate pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into graceful patterns thanks to the vision of King Rama III. The sight of the beautiful porcelain glimmering against the sunlight is definitely a sight to behold!  

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Although Wat Arun is very popular for tourists, it’s also an important place of worship for Buddhists. Make sure you dress appropriately or pick up one of the cover-ups that are available for rent near the entrance. Be sure to come early and beat the crowds, and beware of the hot sun during the day! 

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