Adventures of an English teacher living and teaching in Thailand.
Published May 11th 2016
Named for the Indian god of the dawn, Aruna, Wat Arun Temple looks out over the milky brown waters of the Chao Phraya River in serene splendor, its distinctive spires making for a majestic sight against the clear blue of the skies over Bangkok.
A relaxing and cooling boat trip down the Chao Phraya brings you to Tha Thien pier, from where you need to take a short trip with a ferry for only five baht to Wat Arun on the opposite bank of the river.
As with any visit to a temple in Thailand, ensure that you are dressed modestly, shoulders covered, no shorts and flip-flops please? The temple is open from 8h30 to 17h30 daily and the entrance fee is 100 baht.
When visiting Wat Arun, be prepared to climb a lot of stairs! The steep climb up the central prang is well worth the effort, though, as the view from the highest point is nothing short of spectacular. From the viewing point, the Chao Phraya river, Wat Pho temple and the Grand Palace just across the river, and the sprawling city of Bangkok lies spread out before you. Absolutely breathtaking!
Built in 1768 by King Taksin, the temple is famous for its intricately decorated buildings, richly inlaid with thousands and thousands of pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain. As with all the temples in Thailand, a visit to Wat Arun is an awe-inspiring experience not to be missed.