Temple of Dawn,the temple with the stunning river outlook in Bangkok.
Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun is located on the bank of Chaophraya river, opposite to Ta-Tien pier near Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple was assumed to be built in the late Ayuddhaya period, 18 century. Emerald Buddha enshrined here before King Rama I founded Rattanakosin or Bangkok as the capital around 230 years ago. In the period of King Rama II, he had the order for the major renovation of Wat Arun and built his statue there. This temple became the private temple of King Rama II.
As the famous architecture of Temple of Dawn, you will see the landmark of Bangkok, Prang, one type of Thai stupa. The Authority of Thailand Tourism has used Prang as the symbol of Thai tourism. It was constructed under the announcement of King Rama III, adapted from Khmere stone sanctuary and extended to be higher along with Thai taste. This one is the tallest Prang in Thailand, 67 metres high.
Getting close to Prang’s base, you will see the magnificent decoration of the tower, beautificated with small pieces of broken Chinese porcelain from the base to the top. The Chinese style decoration was favoured by King Rama III. This style of ornament can also be seen at Wat Pho.
Beside taking photos of Prang on the ground, tourist can also walk up on Prang to see and snap shots of the stunning scenery of the river. However, please be careful when you are walking up.
Visiting Temple of Dawn, one of the Bangkok landmarks is the unforgettable experience of travelling in Bangkok. The cozy breeze and magnificent panorama of the river will make you chill out.
Opening 9.00 – 17.30