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Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand: Iconic Riverside Temple

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The city of Bangkok is renowned for its temples of which Wat Arun is surely one you should be eyeing for. An epitome of magnificent architecture and vibrant heritage, Wat Arun is the talk of the town among tourists worldwide. Located by the Chao Phraya River bank directly opposite the famous Wat Pho, this temple witnesses thousands of tourists each year who are left awestruck by the pure spiritual experience the temple has on offer. The beautifully intricate architecture and the white porcelain that adds to that beauty make Wat Arun stand out. 

You should certainly not miss the opportunity to witness the sunrise and/or sunset here. That is an experience you can cherish forever. There are also certain rules to be followed in the temple. You should respect the rules and regulations inside the temple and wear dresses appropriately. Wearing clothes above the knees like shorts is strictly prohibited. Explore the vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and exotic cuisine with our exclusive Thailand tour packages, offering an unforgettable journey through this enchanting Southeast Asian destination.

Things to do at Wat Arun

Enjoy the sunset

It is undeniable fact that Wat Arun offers the most picturesque views that are a must-experience to begin your exploration. And what is a better time to experience it than during sunrise or sunset? The sunlight illuminates the entire temple and its surroundings and you can experience a completely illuminating wonder like never seen before. If you’re a morning visitor, you might be welcomed by a lesser crowd than usual. 

Relish breathtaking views

If you wish you can climb the central prang of the temple for you need to cover steep steps to reach the top. Once you make it to the top, you’re introduced to some stunning views of the Wat Pho, Chao Phraya River, and the Grand Palace. The hard work in climbing those steps will surely pay well with the panoramic views it has in store for you.

Explore the Temple

Wat Arun is an architectural marvel that must be experienced completely. The porcelain tiles look easy on the eye. From the intricate works in the temple to the Buddha statues, the temple offers a plethora of signs of brilliant architecture. Wat Arun has ordination halls, pavilions, a bell tower and multiple statues that you can explore. With so much to experience, the temple makes a long exploration spree with your history buffs. 

Taking Pictures

Good news! Taking pictures is allowed at the temple. Besides enjoying the soothing aura and sightseeing experience, you can also capture some beautiful moments with your camera that may last forever in your mind. Although, the utter elegance of the temple is sure to stay fresh in your memories, getting some shots of the most scenic attractions inside the temple is completely worth it. Be ready for a colourful gallery in your camera once you return.

Highlights of Wat Arun

  • Dress code must be followed strictly while visiting Wat Arun.
  • Take in the stunning ambience of Wat Arun which is accompanied by the wonderful bank of the Chao Phraya River.
  • Make sure to experience the sunrise and/or sunset here that paints a breathtaking natural picture that you should not miss.
  • This place offers a wonderful location for taking pictures and capturing memories.

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Timings and Entrance Fees

Wat Arun is open to the public all day a week, with the opening hours from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening. Foreigners must purchase an entry ticket which would cost 200 Baht (438 INR). You should also carry extra cash to purchase cover-up clothes outside the temple.

How to Reach Wat Arun

Since Wat Arun is one of the most popular destinations in Bangkok, it is easier to locate. The preferred way to reach the place is by taking on a bus, which is easier and cheaper. Taking a Ferry is also an option to be considered while travelling to Wat Arun. You can always take on a taxi for a quicker ride. You can also rent a scooter to reach the destination.

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Distance for Other Cities to Wat Arun

PlacesKilometersTravel Duration
Arunpat Village11.1 km17 mins
Kudi Chin2.5 km7 mins
Phibun Village12.4 km18 mins

Best Time to Visit Wat Arun

The ideal time to visit Wat Arun are the months from November to March when the weather is perfect and is great to visit all the places. The perfect time to visit Wat Arun is either early in the morning to avoid crowds or during the evening when you would be able to witness the stunning lights in the temple.

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Places to Visit Near Wat Arun

Wat Hong Rattanaram Ratchaworawihan

This is one of the most wonderful temples in Bangkok well-known for its peaceful ambience which takes its inspiration from the Srivijaya architecture. An ancient Buddhist temple in Bangkok that offers you the rich history and heritage of the city, it holds the second rank of the royal temple. Some eye-catching attractions within the temple include King Takshin Sacred Pool, Ubosot, King Takshin Shrine, and the Buddha Statue. The temple is open to the public all day week from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

Museum Siam

Located near Wat Arun, Museum Siam is an amazing option that must give a try during your visit to Bangkok. This is a discovery museum which takes you back in time. Awarded the Award for art and architecture preservation in 2006, the museum is a centre of education for anthropology, ethnology, and various other areas of Thai history.  The museum opens its door to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, with the opening hours from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

The Grand Palace

Being one of the most popular attractions in Bangkok, The Grand Palace should be there on the cards. A visit to this offers you a spiritual experience of the culture and heritage of Thailand. From the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the Model of Angor Wat, the exploration list gets pretty long here. The Grand Palace is open to the public all day a week from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon.

If you are in Bangkok, be sure to pay a visit to Wat Arun. Plan your Bangkok trip with PickYourTrail and visit Wat Arun as a part of your Bangkok tour package. Whether you want to have an authentic Bangkok experience or spend some peaceful time in the temples, we help you to plan the trip of your choice. To know more about our packages and deals, explore our website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is highly recommended to visit Wat Arun during the evening hours as the ambience is wonderful at this time.

Yes. You can easily book the tickets online at Wat Arun.

The entry ticket per person to visit Wat Arun is 100 Baht (223 INR) for foreigners.

Wat Arun is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples with intricate architecture and is worth the visit.

While visiting Wat Arun, you should wear appropriate clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. Sleeveless and tank tops must be avoided.

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