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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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