Whether you are just visiting Thailand or living in Thailand as an expat, it will be incomplete if you don’t visit The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun. This temple was named after the Indian God of Dawn, Aruna and it is located at the Thonburi or the west bank of the Chao Praya River.
This temple was built during the reign of King Taksin in 1768. The central prang was then raised to 67 meters through the orders of King Rama III and because of this, Wat Arun became the highest Buddhist temple in Thailand.
It was also his idea to add spires with porcelain so that the temple shines once the sunlight strikes them. Wat Arun was the home of the Emerald Buddha until it was transferred to Wat Phra Kaeo in 1785.
Visiting the Temple
To go to Wat Arun, ride a boat from the Saphan Taksin boat pier. This boat will take you to pier eight and then, another shuttle boat will bring you to the other side of the river.
It is recommended that you spend at least an hour in the temple and visit it when it is less crowded which is in the early morning. The temple is equally beautiful at night, however, because it gets lit so you won’t be missing anything even if you visit at a later time.
Things to Take Note of
Like all the other Buddhist temples, you need to make sure that you are dressed appropriately when you visit Wat Arun because this is a place of worship. There are cover-ups that are for rent at the entrance if in case you need one.
Climbing the temple is going to be tricky especially for those who have fear of heights because of the steep stairs but, it will all be worth it once you are inside because there are beautiful murals that you can see and the view from the temple is breathtaking.
Make a visit to the Wat Arun a part of your tour itinerary when you travel to or stay in Thailand. Never miss the chance to see the majestic beauty of this Buddhist temple.