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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok

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Admire the grand and evocative design of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), a towering Buddhist temple located in the heart of Bangkok. Established in the 1600s--but gaining its distinctive porcelain-clad prangs (spires) during the reign of King Rama II in the early 19th century--the temple represents an apex of religious architecture and is one of the best maintained of all buildings commissioned by the Thai monarchy. Open to the public as a place of worship and tourism, the site contains prized artifacts relating to the religious and royal history of Thailand. Put Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and other Bangkok attractions into our Bangkok trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Nice temple , but unfortunately less accessible due to construction works. It's one of the most re known temples in Bangkok  more »
  • Wat Arun is a pretty temple. Its shape is quite distinctive even with the scaffolding around it now. We could not climb it because of the construction, so it was a really quick visit just walking arou...  more »
  • Didnt really visited this place. Just pass through by river boat & got a good photoshoot. Located just beside river & easy access by river boat.  more »
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  • This is across the river and you need to take a 3.5 baht ferry to reach from the grand palace side. This is picturesque and being by the riverside makes it even special. The construction is intricate and beautiful. You can have your wish fulfilled by tying a bell just outside! An important note is, the place closes at 6 pm and not 530 as stated several places.
  • Colorful and beautiful. Very hot in June, but there are some shaded trees. The building to the right of the temple is even more gorgeous with sparkly gem walls. Could not go in with shorts that were Bermuda length. Had to rent a sarong for $3. No problem.
  • This temple is a must visit place when you are in Bangkok, Thailand. Why is it so special? First, its location is in the middle of the city, close to the Royal Palace and the Giant Buddha so you will also be able to visit those places. Second, you will also experience crossing Chaopraya River by boat. Third, there are many temple buildings inside which are excellent for taking pictures and the entrance ticket is not expensive. Fourth, you can also rent Thai traditional costume to wear for photographs and the price is very affordable for tourists. Fifth, you can also shop T-Shirts and souvenirs with cheap prices which you still may bargain. Currently some areas of the temple is under renovation. However, don't ever miss visiting Wat Arun if you have a trip to Bangkok!
  • Impressive and different temple in Bangkok. Not your usual gold colouring but instead more of a porcelain type finish. I would recommend coming here only if you're already close by after having visited the grand palace. Simply take the cheap ferry across and you're there. Covered in scaffolding while I was there which ruined the experience some what but I'm sure once that is gone it is better.
  • Great and Big temple complex easily accessed by river ferry. Go to one of the surrounding temples and get a lucky bracelet from monks. Main complex under renovation

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