Wat Arun, the temple of the Dawn, is one of Bangkok’s most beloved and iconic Buddhist temples. Sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya river this temple is renowned for its architecture. I had seen images and video footage of the temple before, and knew that it was something I had to see in the flesh.
The temple is ornately decorated with statues, glass, broken pottery and porcelain. This gives it a very unique look. From the distance the building can be admired for its impressive rising prang, but up close you can see the detail in every inch of the temple.
The temple can be access from both sides of the river. As a visitor to Bangkok if you are exploring Wat Pho and the reclining Buddha you simply have to catch a ferry directly across the river for a bargain price of 3 baht. The ferry takes only moments. At the jetty be sure to look down at the thousands of fish that gather. It is apparently illegal to fish in front of temples, so you will find fish enjoying the safety of these waters.
Entrance to the temple is 50 Baht and allows you to climb to the viewing deck. This is, in my opinion, one of the best views in Bangkok. From the top you can see the bustling ferries going up and down the river, and across to the Imperial Palace.
It’s a steep climb on tiny stairs, and it’s quite daunting to get down, so I’d advise that those who suffer with vertigo or a fear of heights sit this one out.
The temple is beautifully illuminated with lights in the evening, so whatever time you decide to visit you’ll be in for a treat.