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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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  • The temple is very near from the grand palace, just cross the river from Wat Pho by boat. The Pagoda was still under repairing but there were a lot of things to see there.  more »
  • In my previous visit, i climbed to middle and had great view of the river. Due to renovation work, i could not climb up. felt sad.  more »
  • Wat Arun is really beautiful when it's not being worked on, unfortunately that's not too often. I would suggest having a drink or some food on the riverside across from the temple, it's not only a gre...  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of the must visit place to get a view of Architectures of this temple. It is a temple and not an recreation place. I enjoyed wayching and listening to Buddha traditional culture and thier architecture. Great place to visit
  • Beautiful temple! Temple and surrounding are really nice, so is the view on the river and Bangkok. There were also free snacks and drinks inside which is a nice touch. The monks are giving blessings to the interested (for donations), but still is nice. You can easily access there by the public ferry, stop is right under Grand palace and it's going every few minutes. Also, there are lot of free souvenirs on the ferry stop - recommendation
  • really nice temple. full of details at any corners. great view and landscape from the tower. absolutely worth a visit. a pity only the highest tower under reconstruction. sunrise temple, so obviously better to visit in the early morning