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Wat Arun
Wat Arun

Wat Arun

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158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
+66 2 891 2185
http://www.watarun.net/
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Wat Arun Rajwararam, the “Temple of the Dawn,” gets its name from how the first light of day reflects off the surface of the temple with a pearl-like opalescence. Hindu gods are represented throughout ... Read more
the structure via statues and prangs. The 19th-century building is adorned with seashells and porcelain, golden Buddha images and grand staircases. Wat Arun is one of Thailand’s most renowned landmarks.

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Local from Bangkok

Tour in bangkok transit for don muang international airport at meetting poing in airport

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Columbia

This is a must see during the sunset! Beautiful temple with a nice ride on the water taxi to get there.

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Denpasar

Breathtaking, beautiful ancient temple in the heart of Bangkok. The best time to visit Wat Arun is in the early morning.

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Jakarta

I go to this place by my self and i think wat arun was match for you who need a cheap destination

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Marsaxlokk

This Buddhist temple is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river, hence it is easiest to reach by boat. It is an amazingly beautiful temple and one of Bangkok's major landmarks. It is advisable to visit early as it can become very busy.

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Calgary

This was my favourite temple I visited while in Bangkok. The courtyard was also very nice. The only downside is they are currently doing some renovations to the main temple so it's covered in scaffolding.

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Singapore

When we visited the place, it was still under construction. The local there are so friendly and I would never have to worry about anything during this trip!

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Union City

In our limited time in Bangkok, we were unable to see too many temples in Bangkok, but this was probably my favorite of the ones we saw. It's much smaller than Wat Pho across the river, but it's pretty stunning. I only wish we had planned our trip so that we saw it at sunrise or sunset. The pictures you see at the hour are spectacular. There was some level of renovation going on at the time, which is good for the temple, but not as fun for the camera ;). It was not nearly as crowded at Wat Arun as any of our other stops in Bangkok which also made for a much for pleasant experience. The entrance fee is also much cheaper, so it is easier for budget travelers. It can easily be added to a Wat Pho day too as its a ferry and a short walk away.

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Riverside

One of the best temples Bangkok has to offer. Its even better at sunset, since you get a nice view and beat the heat of the day.

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Spotswood

Such a beautiful place, especially at night when it is all lit up. Highly recommend finding a restaurant or bar that allows you this view !

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Redwood City

I could only see this place out on the river chao praya from a boat, due to construction on parts of the temple, but it still looked majestic as ever!

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Local from Bangkok

The “temple of dawn” is a welcome departure from the thousand other lookalike temples around the city. Situated across the chad prao river, you’ll have to take the ferry to get here, which is an adventure in and of itself. This gigantic temple is entirely exposed to the elements but is constantly being restored to keep the very detailed tile and stonework pristine. Just like other temples, make sure to come wearing clothing that modestly covers your shoulders and knees and be ready to climb. The steps on the side of the temple are so steep, they feel like rock climbing and can cause mild vertigo. After observing the beautiful construction all the way up, you’ll get an unrivaled view of the city across the river.

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Samarinda

One of my most favorite of all temples in Bangkok. Even though it is called as Temple of Dawn, the view of Wat Arun at dusk is also stunning, especially while enjoying it across the river, opposite to the temple. Better not miss that moment.

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Local from Bangkok

One of the best known, and most striking, temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun offers great river views and serene compounds to wander around. The entrance fee keeps getting hiked up, and there is dual pricing in operation (Thais get it at a vastly reduced rate), but the temple is worth a couple of hours of anyone's time. Best time to go are early morning and at sunset. Arriving by boat is best.

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Klang

Must took a boat trip across the river and reached this "Temple of the Dawn'. This means this temple got its name how the first light of day reflects off the surface of the temple. In 19th century, Thai built many Hindu gods and Buddha, when you watched this Buddha, feel calm, peace and happy.

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Baltimore

This is one of my favorite places in Bangkok. The stupa consists of these amazing hand carved statues that are just breath taking. Wat Arun means Temple of the Dawn, so if you have the chance to go at sunrise take it. You will not regret it. Plus it is worth it to take a water taxi over the Chao Phraya.

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Bandung

One of my favorite temple in Bangkok. Beside enjoying the beautiful temple, you can wear Thai traditional clothes (for women) and take pictures with it (or the river) as the background. It also has a lot of stores that sell souvenirs so you can shop while you're there.

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Quezon City

A mixture of history and thai culture. Easily accessible, plus your 100baht entrance fee comes with a free bottle of water!

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Los Angeles

The smell of incense burning wildly intoxicated me as we made our way through the lush courtyard surrounding the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). That dizzying feeling followed as we climbed the steep steps to the top of the wat to take in the expansive views of the Chao Praya River and the juxtaposition of ancient vs. modern Bangkok at its finest.

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Santa Clara

There are so many wonderful temples to explore and enjoy in Bangkok. I enjoyed this one. It is nice to slow down and take your time.

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Aliases: Wat Arun Rajwararam, Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, Temple of the Dawn

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