Temple of Dawn – Bangkok, Thailand

By Cacinda Maloney

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

One of the most recognizable landmarks in Bangkok is the Temple of Dawn, also known as Wat Arun.  I would say this is a “don’t miss” stop along your ride down the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

 

It is a Buddhist temple that is personified as the radiation of the rising sun.  It has a symmetrical design featuring a central prang or tower and four large prangs surrounding it.

 

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

The main feature is the central tower with its encrusted porcelain, which I personally find fascinating.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Take a look here at a close up of the porcelain:

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

As a child, my parents collected porcelain from the 1800’s England, so I saw a lot of different styles of porcelain.  The mosaic patterns and the fact that they are still quite intact are a wonder within themselves.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

You can climb the central tower, if you wish, however the steps are very steep, but there is a railing to balance yourself. Apparently, the stairs represent the challenge that Buddhists face reaching Nirvana in the Buddhist religion.  Getting up there is as tricky as getting down!  I went about half way up and took some photos, here is a shot looking up those stairs.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Guarding the temple from ground level are these stone Chinese warriors.  These cute, proud and stern looking warriors have stood watch over Wat Arun for over 100 years.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

 

To get here: Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho, so it is very easy to get to. From Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat that stops at pier 8. From here a small shuttle boat takes you from one side of the river to the other for only 3 baht. Entry to the temple is 100 baht. The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.

 

Disclosure:  My trip to Bangkok, Thailand was provided by Thai Airways, in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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6 Comments

  1. wandering educators January 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    what extraordinary photos – definitely inspiration to visit!

    • admin January 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Why thank you!!

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  3. Nicole January 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I just love the level of details in these temples. I can’t image just how long and how many people it took to make it look so incredible.

    • admin January 19, 2014 at 1:17 am

      Yes, they are amazing!

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