Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand! Located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya, it is next to Wat Pho and Grand Palace.
Wat Arun or also called the Temple of Dawn is named after Aruna, the Hindu God of Dawn. At morning, the first light reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence but it is even more spectacular to watch it at sunset, when the temple is illuminated and the sky full of reddish colors.
The Khmer-style prang or tower is 67 metres tall and decorated with bits of porcelain that was used as ballast by boats coming from China. You can go up to the middle balcony of the prang but be careful of the steep stairs!
Once you are there, you will have a beautiful 360 degrees view of Bangkok and on the other side of the river you will be able to see Wat Pho and Grand Palace. After that, you can as well visit the Ordinary Hall.
How to get there?
There are two easy ways to get to Wat Pho. First, you can take the BTS (skytrain) to Saphan Taksin (Silom Line), follow the exit number 2 and go to the Chao Phraya River Express Boat Pier. From there, take a boat heading to Tien Pier (number 8). Also, you can take the bus 47 from Lumphini Park or MBK that will drop you in front of Tien Pier. Once one the pier, take another boat for crossing the river (3 Bahts).
Some useful tips:
- Opening Hours : Daily from 08.30 am to 6pm.
- Admission Fee : 50 Bahts
- Dress code is relax for climbing up to the tower but you should dress appropriately if you want to visit the Ordinary Hall (no shorts/skirst and sleeveless tops)