Wat Arun

There is an incredible number of Buddhist temples scattered around Thailand, but this one, Wat Arun, is undoubtedly one of the most striking ones. Situated on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, the Khmer-style temple dominates the riverside landscape with its central prang (spire) soaring into the sky. And despite its name (meaning Temple of the Dawn), the best view of the temple comes at sunset, when it presents an impressive silhouette against the skyline.

The centerpiece of the temple is an 80-meter-tall terraced prang (Khmer-style pagoda) decorated in delicate mosaic details, which was built in the 19th century to symbolize the legendary Mount Meru, the center of the universe. On its four corners are four smaller prangs dedicated to the wind god Phra Phai and encrusted with seashells and porcelains. A very steep and narrow staircase leads to a platform high on the top of the central pagoda. A climb to its top can be strenuous but affords fine views.

Tips: Wat Arun can be easily reached by ferries traveling across the Chao Phraya River. Do note that the steps are very steep and not very wide so be careful when climbing, and dress appropriately (have your shoulder and legs covered)

Take a glimpse of this itinerary with a visit to Wat Arun:

13-Day Classic Thailand with Elephants & Phuket Island Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Phuket
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You might also want to learn about the Royal Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Jim Thompson House in Bangkok.

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