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  • Address: West bank of the Chao Phraya, opposite Tha Thien Pier
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 5:30pm
  • Admission: ฿20

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Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

The Temple of the Dawn - or Wat Arun - towers 260 ft (79 m) above the Chao Phraya river. With fabulous views of the rising and setting sun and of the city's main attractions, the temple is one of Bangkok's most visited sights after the Grand Palace.

Named by Bangkok's founder King Thaksin to signify the rise of the new kingdom (after Ayutthaya was destroyed), the Temple of the Dawn was originally much shorter until its expansion during King Rama III's rule (1824 - 1851). Local people donated the ceramic pieces that make up the temple's unique exterior decoration.  

It is possible to climb the temple for views across the river to the Grand Palace and beyond but its narrow steps are not for the faint hearted.

Practical Info

The easiest route to the Temple of the Dawn is by water taxi from Tha Tien Pier (near Wat Po). By road you'll need to cross to the west side of the Chao Phraya river over Phra Pin-klao Bridge and follow the river south on Arun Amarin Road.

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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

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On this sightseeing tour of Bangkok's canals (or khlongs, as they are known locally) you will travel by a motorized boat on the Chao Phraya River to see the ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.10

Bangkok Small-Group Bike Tour

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Bangkok Bike and Dine

Ride around the streets of Bangkok with an informative guide on this 6-hour evening bike tour like no other. You’ll take the ferry across the Chao Phraya ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Bangkok including Wat Arun by Longtail Boat

Take a boat trip from Bangkok’s riverside hotels to visit Wat Arun, known as the Temple of Dawn, and also the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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