Wat Arun


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Seen on the TAT logo and B10 coin, this five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then Wat Magog at sunrise in October 1767. Renamed Wat Jaeng when it was part of Taksin's palace, Wang Derm, it became Wat Arun under Rama II, before being remodelled by Rama IV. The sundry Chinese-style structures pale before the iconic, 81m-high (266ft) Khmer-style prang (spire), with four 'corncob' prang at the corners, all inlaid with polychromatic ceramic shards. Briefly home to the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun features a pair of yaksa (giant) statues, ceramic gables and 120 Buddha images. Don't rush it on a canal tour, go separately on the B3 ferry from Tha Tien.

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Wat Arun details

34 Thanon Arun Amarin

Area Thonburi

Transport Ferry from Tha Tien

Telephone 02 891 1149

Wat Arun website

Open 7.30am-5.30pm daily.

Admission B20 Thais; B50 foreigners.

Wat Arun map

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By Talk Bangkok - Aug 1 2012

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is Bangkok most famous landmark next to the Grand Palace, located on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It consists of a high central prang (its height is reported by different sources as between 66 and 86m), surrounded by four smaller prangs. All of them are all decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which have been previously used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. The ashes of King Rama II are buried in the base of a presiding Buddha image.