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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

The Temple of Dawn, or the locals called it Wat Arun, is a Khmer-style Buddhist temple sitting at the Thonburi  of Chao Phraya River. The temple is also one of Thailand’s landmarks.

To reach the temple, we boarded the ferry and travel across the Chao Phraya River. The ferry runs every few minutes from Tha Tian (Tian Pier). Don’t expect the water of Chao Phraya River to be clear 😦  But sailing over this Bangkok major river was another very exciting experience.

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Wat Arun sits gracefully next to Chao Praya River

The temple opens daily from 08.30 AM to 5.30 PM. The admission fee is 50 Baths. We don’t have to worry about the dress code here unless if you want to visit the Ordinary Hall.

Visitors can climb up the tower to see the view of Bangkok. I did not join my parents and my brother climbed up. Not because I’m a acrophobia or fear of heights, but because the stairs are very steep and the shoes I was wearing was slippery.

The special features of the temple is its 67m-tall grand pagoda or in Thai, called ‘prang’, decorated with broken multihued Chinese porcelains. It is surrounded by four smaller pagodas.

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How to go there:

By BTS Skytrain & Ferry:

– Take BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin (Silom Line), take exit #2 and go to Chao Phraya River Express Boat Pier. Then board a ferry heading to Tien Pier (#8). Ticket price for cross-river ferries is 3.50THB.

– Or, by public Bus No: 19 or 57 or 83, then take a cross-river ferry from Tha Tien on Thai Wang Road,

Opening Hours: 08.30-17.30 daily

Admission fee: 20THB

Website: www.watarun.org

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