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The journey within Wat Arun the temple of dawnapproach the divinest compound in the temple, The Ordination Hall you will meet two towering giant guardian figures, dressed in elaborate and brilliant attire. the mural paintings within the Hall they tell the story of the Lord Buddha’s life.

King Rama’s II some of his ashes are in the base of the very holy golden Niramitr Buddha.

Note: Wat Arun the temple of dawn is popular with so many tourists, it is also a place of rituals  and worship for Buddhists and Thai dignitaries. Please can you make sure to act with reverence and respect when you are visiting.

Find the way to the other revered and magnificent golden Buddha within Wat Arun the temple of dawn.


Chinese Ancient Sculptures act as guardians around the pristine grounds. When you get closer you will soon discover each one is extraordinary, the intricate skills of gifted sculptors will be breath-taking.

Wat Arun the temple of dawn Bangkok is one of world’s best-known landmarks.

A Buddhist temple has been at this site from the Ayutthaya Kingdom. 


Wat Arun the temple of dawn is situated amongst the river scenes it captures a stunning reflection with the surrounding modern city and scene river.


The design of Wat Arun the temple of dawn is quite different to many other Thai temples.

It has a 269-foot-tall (82m) spire, which must have stood in domination of the Bangkok skyline before modern times. Very many visitors journey here as in some areas, you can climb, you will have great satisfying views of the busy Chao Phraya River, Wat Pho  and the Grand Palace and on the opposite side.

Wat Arun the temple of dawn gets the name from the Hindu God Aruṇa- as the energies of the rising sun.


The most consecrated Thai religious icon, The Emerald Buddha, was treasured in Wat Arun the temple of dawn. It was then moved to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) In the Grand Palace. 


The main spire was finished in 1851, it symbolises Mount Meru from the Hindu cosmology which is thought to be the centre of all metaphysical, physical and spiritual worlds.


In Buddhist iconography the main spire is considered to have three representational levels—The base is for Traiphum signifying every realm of existence, The middle is for Tavatimsa, the Tusita Heaven is where all desires are satisfied, and the top denoting Devaphum representing six heavens within seven spheres of happiness. 

During 1809 to 1824, a restoration of the Wat Arun the temple of dawn was started. The initial central stupa was extended even higher. With considerable restoration in 1868–1910 and again in 1980, to honour the bicentenary celebration of Bangkok's founding.

The most extensive restoration work on the spire at Wat Arun the temple of dawn was, from the Fine Arts Department, 2013 to 2017. The work was methodically undertaken to signify the temple's original appearance and to maintain decorative patterns and colours of the façade.


Getting there to Wat Arun the temple of dawn Bangkok.

1. Take the Dark Green SILOM BTS Line to SAPHAN TAKSIN Station.

​2. On arrival go to Exit 2 and down the stairs. Walk straight for less than a minute. turn left for Sathorn Pier.

​3. Go straight to the Chao Phraya Express Boat ticketing booth (Orange Flag).

​4. The travel duration from Sathorn Pier to Tha Tien Pier is around 15 minutes.

​5. Upon arrival at Tha Tien Pier, catch the cross-river ferry, which is at opposite side of Wat Arun. (3 min. boat ride) departs every 10 minutes. ​

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