Thailand Tour: Wat Arun
There are lots of temples that differ in size all over Bangkok to spread the Buddhist love and religion. Thailand Tour for ideas; Wat Arun is located at the west side of the Chao Phraya River, and considered as the most magnificent temple not because of its location but because of its alluring building design.
Wat Arun: Temple Of Dawn
Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun or its official name Wat Arun Ratchawararam means Temple of Dawn, and it is named after the Indian God Aruna who is also the God of Dawn. The image of Wat Arun is printed on 10 Baht coin, and you can see exact image if you look at the Temple of Dawn from the other side of the Chao Phraya. It looks as if the temple itself is floating on the river.
In 1768, Wat Arun was first seen by King Taksin when he was done fighting in Ayutthaya and coming back to the Temple of Dawn just as the the sun was rising. There are also stories about the King travelling the Chao Phraya to give new robes to the monks at the end of the Buddhist Lent time so, Wat Arun was involved in this tradition.
If you look closely at the building, you can see numerous carvings and sculptures of soldiers, gods and animals that will be like a feast for your eyes.
Thailand Tour – Wat Arun
How to Get to Wat Arun?
Wat Pho is just opposite at Wat Arun, so you can take a boat from Wat Pho to reach the Temple of Dawn easily and without paying too much. If you are already at the Grand Palace, you can take a ferry for 3 Baht to take you across the river. If you are trying to get to Wat Arun from another place, you should first get to the BTS Saphan Taksin because Saphan Taksin is attached to Chao Phraya Express Boat which is located at Sathorn Pier. You can surely find a boat there to get you to Wat Arun in about 30 minutes.
The boats are divided into colors, and we recommend you take the orange flag boats because they cost 15 Baht and they pass very often. You can also take the blue flag boats since they are less crowded and bigger, but they cost around 40 Baht.