Wat Arun: Temple of Dawn

Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun-Temple of Dawn in Bangkok

Wat Arun-Temple of Dawn in Bangkok,Thailand

Wat Arun- Temple of Dawn is a well-known Khmer style Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. Wat Arun gets it’s name  from the Hindu god of the dawn, Aruna. This famous landmark is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Perhaps it is best known for its massive tower, called a prang. The prang, with a height of more than 262 feet, is built in the Khmer architectural style. This beautiful prang is a symbol of the legendary Mount Meru, considered to be the center of the known universe. It is the tallest tower in Thailand. Wat Arun is one of 6 Royal temples in Thailand and is deeply revered.

Wat Arun was  1782 and predates the building of Bangkok. For many years this impressive temple dominated the river bank of Bangkok. Wat Arun stands directly across the river from the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace was the center of a former government and was the focal point for the building of the city of Bangkok.

Wat Arun is maybe best known by its prang or tower. This Khmer style tower is decorated with millions of small pieces of colorful Chinese porcelain and beautiful seashells. There is a very steep stairway on the side of the tower leading to two terraces. If you can muster the energy, this is a must climb. From these terraces is perhaps some of the greatest views of the City of Bangkok, the river, and all the surrounding countryside. In addition to this main prang, are four small satellite prangs.These smaller prangs are dedicated to the wind god, Phra Phai. There are many other statues of gods, pagodas, Chinese statues, and other holy artifacts. This temple is one of the most impressive buildings in Thailand and perhaps the world.

No trip to Thailand is complete without a visit to Wat Arun. Wat Arun is open daily  from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Speed boats are available from the city side of the river to take you across. It is also accessible by city bus and taxi.  Is this the year for your Thailand Adventure? Check out the links below and plan to visit Thailand, an amazing country, with amazing architecture, awesome wildlife, and friendly people.

http://www.watarun.net/tourist_information.html

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