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Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok
Written by Surya Prakash on May 29, 2020 Share on

A Complete Guide to Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun Temple is one of the most staggering and excellent sanctuaries in Thailand, situated on Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River in the Yai District. This Buddhist sanctuary infers its name after the Hindu God Aruna, who was regularly observed as the exemplification of the ruddy shine in the rising sun. Each morning the light ricochets off the sanctuary – which makes the sanctuary gleam. This is the reason it’s known as the “Sanctuary of Dawn”.

Wat Arun Bangkok
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Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun is one of the most famous sanctuaries in Bangkok. Its structure is very not quite the same as the various sanctuaries you will discover around Bangkok, making it an unquestionable requirement to see one of a kind experience. 


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Photographs of Wat Arun’s 86m tall focal tower on the front of magazines and travel guides. From a remote place it seems white, anyway very close you will see that it is really shrouded in a large number of bits of shaded porcelain and shells. These pieces are generally deliberately masterminded into an example, which would have taken a very long time to finish. 

As of late Wat Arun has been canvassed in the platform for a couple of years for broad rebuilding works. This implied from the stream you wouldn’t really have the option to see the fundamental tower of the sanctuary, rather only a monstrous development like the site. Be that as it may, since 2018 the sanctuary has been completely revealed again so you can acknowledge how wonderful it is. 

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Here I’ll give you a speedy outline of the historical backdrop of Wat Arun, and all the fundamentals you’ll have to go visit.

History of Wat Arun Temple 

Wat Arun’s full official name is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, notwithstanding, you’re never going to recall that, not to mention articulate it, so allow simply stay with Wat Arun. 

The first sanctuary was really called Wat Makok and existed on the site since the Ayutthaya time frame directly back to the mid-1600s. Wat Makok was later renamed to Wat Chaeng (Temple of Dawn) by Thailand’s previous King Taksin after the fall of Ayutthaya. The sanctuary was then deserted for a significant stretch of time until it was reestablished around 1900 by King Rama V. The last reclamations were completed from 2013 to 2017.

Wat Arun Central Spire

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Where is Wat Arun?

Nearly everybody will reach Wat Arun by crossing the Chao Praya River at Tha Thien Pier. There is a ship that makes the short outing over the waterway for only 4 THB (USD 0.10). The outing over the waterway takes around 5 minutes. 

In the event that you are originating from Khao Sarn Road, you can without much taking much of a stretch to walk the 2.5km separation to Tha Thien Pier. Be that as it may, Bangkok is hot lasting through the year, so the half-hour walk can be very tiresome. An option is to bounce in a Tuk-Tuk which you ought to have the option to get for around 100 THB. A touch of wheeling and dealing may be required, however. 

On the off chance that you are originating from somewhere else in Bangkok like Sukhumvit or Silom, at that point, the most ideal path is to get the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin. From that point you can get the Chao Praya Express ship up to Tha Thien Pier, charges are under 20 THB (USD 0.80) per individual one way. 

Not suggestible to taking a taxi through the city to Wat Arun. Traffic around Phra Nakhon and Chinatown is commonly very awful. You could undoubtedly stall out in stop traffic for over thirty minutes. 

Best time to visit to Wat Arun Temple

The best time to visit is the late evening, not long before dusk. Show up around 4.30 pm, a piece before the last passage tickets are sold at the ticket counter. 

Wat Arun is as yet occupied at dusk, notwithstanding, there are significantly fewer individuals around. Additionally, the warm evening light makes the sanctuary sparkle in a manner you just won’t see prior in the day. 

For the best perspective on Wat Arun, you ought to return over the Chao Praya River not long before dusk. There is a housetop bar called Eagle’s Nest on the highest floor of the Sala Arun inn. The stage has a stunning perspective thinking back over the stream. As the sun goes down the sanctuary is lit up, making it gleam delightfully against the dusk. 

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The survey territory at Eagle’s Nest will in general top off ahead of schedule, and they don’t take reservations. On the off chance that you need to ensure a spot, you ought to really show up a long time before nightfall. The bar is open from 5 pm to 12 PM. In the event that the housetop bar is full, at that point you can likewise see Wat Arun starting from the earliest stage bar called Bitter Deck, which is additionally very astonishing. 


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Wat Arun Opening Hours and Entrance Fee 

Wat Arun is open day by day from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm day by day, be that as it may, one should attempt to purchase your tickets before 5 pm. One can remain in the sanctuary grounds a brief time after 5.30 pm after a great many people have left as of now. 

The extra charge is 100 THB (USD 3) for outsiders starting in 2019. There is a free section for Thai individuals. 

Different Temples in Bangkok 

There are a couple of different sanctuaries close to Wat Arun which you ought to think about visiting. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is only a short leave, and Wat Phra Kaew (The Grand Palace) is a speedy Tuk-Tuk ride up the street. 

Here composed is a point by point managed on sanctuaries in Bangkok which will assist you with arranging out an entire day of sanctuary jumping around the city. 

Wat Pho 

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When you’ve seen enough sanctuaries you can proceed with these marvellous things in Bangkok. From housetop bars to gliding markets, this place will be occupied for any event for 3 days in Bangkok.


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