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Wat Arun Buddhist Temple

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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
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Published September 30th 2012
One of Bangkok's best tourist destinations
Chao Phraya river view
Chao Phraya river view
This is one of the best known temples in Bangkok and it overlooks the Chao Phraya river and the Grand Palace on the other shore. Its name means Temple of the Dawn and it is a Buddhist place of worship dating back to the 17th century.

Golden Buddhas
Golden Buddhas

There are a number of nice shrines on the ground here but the most impressive part of the temple is the large tower or "prang" which is in the Khmer style and is embossed with porcelain which glistens in the light of the morning sun (hence the name of the temple). It is a steep climb up the steps to reach the top but from here you get one of the best views of Bangkok.

Steep Climb
Central Prang

We were there during a Buddhist festival celebrating the first teachings of the Buddha in Sarnath, India, and there were many people walking around the tower with flowers and incense and monks reading prayers.
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Where: Thonburi side of river Bangkok
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