Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun (วัดอรุณ) is an easy to distinguish landmark set on the west shore of the Chao Phraya River in the Ya district of Bangkok. It is a working Buddhist temple that has been very important in Thai history when it enshrined the emerald Buddha image. Its importance can still be seen today when the The King of Thailand present new robes to the monks of Wat Arun after their three-month lent period.

If you are travelling to Thailand with a tour then you may already have this on your itinerary, if not it’s worth the effort to go see it alone. If you are travelling to Wat Arun on your own you can get there very easily with public transport but there are many organised tours you can join.

Wat Arun Facts

Full name : Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร).

Height : Either 66.8 m (219 ft) or 86 m (282 ft) depending on who you ask.

Some of the porcelain used in the decoration was the ballast on the boats travelling from China to Bangkok.

The temple if free for Thai nationals to enter but non-Thais will be charged 50Bht.

Video Tour of Wat Arun

This is a rather old video that was taken before the renovations in 2013 but it does give you an understanding of what it is you’re visiting and why you should have Wat Arun on your Bangkok itinerary.

Map of Wat Arun

Temple of Dawn – Wat Arun

Wat Arun Temple of Dawn

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