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Location

Bangkok, Thailand

Address

158 Wang Doem Rd, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Getting there

Catch a boat at every pier on the Chao Phraya River or take a taxi or buy a tour to visit around Bangkok.

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this temple can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho. The Tha Tien express boat pier, at the southwest corner of the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaew, is diagonally opposite Wat Arun and boats ply at very frequent intervals. You can get to Tha Tien on the Chao Phraya River Express boats from any other pier, or take a taxi to it. Buses that go near Tha Tien are ordinary buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 62 and 91 that stop on Maharat road. Plenty of Thonburi canal tours also take tourists to visit this artistic piece of architecture.

Telephone

(+66) 2 891 2185

More information

http://www.watarun.net/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/wat arun-temple-bangkok, http://foursquare.com/v/พระปรางควดอรณฯ-wat-arun-pagoda/

Prices

The Admission Fee for this legendary monument is 30 baht for foreigners, while entry is free for Thai citizens.

Opening hours

The temple is open to the public daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

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Wat Arun Temple (Temple of Dawn) has the Vietnamese name is "The temple of dawn" is located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, Thonburi, is one of the tourism symbol of BangkokThailand with bold architecture. The temple is built of brick and covered outside with colorful Chinese porcelain.Especially, when standing the highest balcony of the temple, you can see the panorama of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok from Rama I Bridge to the Royal Palace. One of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks and known from many postcards, the Wat Arun is best known for its massive prang, a tower on the Chao Phra river bank built in Khmer architectural style. The prang with its height of more than 80 meters is the highest in Thailand.

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. 

Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Wat Pho, so it is very easy to get to. From Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat that stops at pier 8. From here a small shuttle boat takes you from one side of the river to the other for only 3 baht. Entry to the temple is 100 baht. The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30. 

We would recommend spending at least an hour visiting the temple. Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, it's absolutely stunning at sunset, particularly when lit up at night. The quietest time to visit, however, is early morning, before the crowds. 

Given beauty of the architecture and the fine craftsmanship it is not surprising that Wat Arun is considered by many as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. The spire (prang) on the bank of Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. It has an imposing spire over 70 metres high, beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns. 

You can climb the central prang if you wish, the steps are very steep but there is a railing to balance yourself. Getting up is as tricky as getting down! When you reach the highest point you can see the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite. Along the base of this central tower there are sculptures of Chinese soldiers and animals. 

Head into the ordination hall and you can admire a golden Buddha image and the detailed murals that decorate the walls. Although Wat Arun is a very popular for tourists, it is also an important place of worship for Buddhists. Make sure you dress appropriately, or pick up one of the cover ups that are for rent near the entrance. 

The temple thrives in the Rattanakosin period. The beauty of architecture with exquisite sculptures of the artists are moved up into the first rate and is the most prominent temple in Thailand. The towers of Wat Arun next to Chao Phraya riverbank is one of the world famous landmarks of Bangkok. It has one tower 70m above the majestic, beautifully decorated with colored glass pieces with Chinese ceramics, exquisite, and complex. Although renowned as the temple Wat Arun of  Dawn but beautiful at sunset, especially when it is illuminated at night. 

One of Bangkok’s oldest temples

It is also one of the few temples that predates the founding of Bangkok and the start of the Rattanakosin era in 1782. It’s prang dominated the skyline around the Chao Phraya river during the early days of Bangkok and today is still one of the most impressive sights on the river.

After the destruction of the former capital Ayutthaya by the Burmese in 1767, King Taksin the Great established Thonburi on the West bank of the Chao Phraya river as the new capital. The area where the Wat Arun stands, which is almost directly opposite of the Grand Palace on the other side of the river, was chosen as the location for the new capital of the Thonburi Kingdom. The temple that was originally named Wat Jaeng was build on the remains of an older temple named Wat Makok dating back to the Ayutthaya era.

With the death of King Taksin in 1782 came the end of the Thonburi Kingdom and the start of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, that established Bangkok on the other side of the Chao Phraya river as the new capital. During the reign of King Rama II the temple was renovated and renamed Wat Arun Rajwararam or Wat Arun for short.

Architecture of  Wat Arun Temple

It is not too surprise that Temple of Dawn is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand by the wonderful architecture and ingenious display technique. The spirals are sheers nearby the Chao Phraya riverbank is one of the world's renowned of Bangkok. Although the main tower is built in Khmer architecture, the Chinese elements are also present here. Except for porcelain pieces which have Chinese origin are used for decoration, the tower’s dais is carved an image of ancient Chinese soldiers. 

This tower features a color by decoration with shells and porcelain pieces that supposedly brought from China. In the church hall, having a Buddha statue is mold under King Rama II; and some people argued that this king's ashes are buried under the statue pedestal. Around the main tower are four temples which put statues involve important events in Buddha's life: birth, enlightenment, first sermon, and enter para nirvana.

The main tower has the height about 80 meters and is designed by Khmer architecture, symbolizes Mount Meru (Tu-di), the center of the universe. Both the main tower and four smaller towers were built under the reign of King Rama II, but it is completed in Rama III(1824-1851).

Along the corridors of the temple is more than 100 Buddha statues. Like several other temples in Thailand, this temple has many Dharma protectors statues, but one of that are the Hindu gods like Indra. There is a staircase leading to the terrace of the tower, and which we can see more clearly the Chao Phraya River and the surrounding area there.

History of Wat Arun Temple

Wat Arun is envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. Wat Arun, it is often called “Wat Chaeng” by natives is located on the western bank (Thonburi) of the Chao Phraya River. It was believed that  after fighting by the individual way in Ayutthaya, which were attacked by the Myanmar’s people, the king Taksin went to the temple at dawn was broken the Myanmar army.After that, he had renovated this temple and renamed Wat Chaeng - Dawn temple. During his reign (Thonburi period), Watchaeng is the main temple, it had stored Emerald Buddha and other an important statue- Phra Bang, both of two are taken away from Vientiane on one time.

The central tower was extended to Rama III's reign (from 1824 to 1851) and has become one of the most visited places in Thailand. The king Rama III was also added to the decoration by porcelain material, they reflect light under the sun.

What to See at Wat Arun

Despite its name (from Aruna, the Hindu god of the dawn), the best views of Wat Arun come at sunset - there are several restaurants and coffee shops across the river that make fine viewpoints.

The outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (a prang is a Khmer-style pagoda), which is about 80 meters tall and symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is possible to climb the prang, using some very steep exterior steps, to two terraces providing fine views.

The corners are surrounded by four smaller satellite prangs, which are dedicated to the wind god Phra Phai. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which were used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.

Around the base of the prang are various sculptures of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals. Over the second terrace are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan.

At the riverside are six pavilions (sala) in Chinese style, made of green granite and contain landing bridges.

Next to the prangs is the Ordination Hall with the Niramitr Buddha image said to have been designed by King Rama II. The front entrance of the Ordination Hall has a roof with a central spire, decorated in coloured ceramic and stuccowork sheated in colored china.

There are two temple guardian figures in front. Characters from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the white figure is named Sahassateja and the green one is known as Tasakanth.

Insider's Tip

Although Wat Arun is a popular tourist attraction, it’s also an important place of worship for Buddhists, so be sure to dress appropriately for your visit. Modest clothing can be rented near the temple’s entrance.

How to get there

Can easily come here by boat at every pier on the Chao Phraya River or take a taxi or buy Can easily come here by boat at every pier on the Chao Phraya River or take a taxi or buy a tour to visit around Bangkok...

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this temple can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho. The Tha Tien express boat pier, at the southwest corner of the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaew, is diagonally opposite Wat Arun and boats ply at very frequent intervals. You can get to Tha Tien on the Chao Phraya River Express boats from any other pier, or take a taxi to it. Buses that go near Tha Tien are ordinary buses 1, 25, 44, 47, 62 and 91 that stop on Maharat road. Plenty of Thonburi canal tours also take tourists to visit this artistic piece of architecture.

Reviews by visitors

Whenever I visit or bring friends to this enchanting place, I still reflect and ponder upon the mind-set of it's creators, on beginning something so vast, so complex and intricate, they surely must have known that they would never see it completed, within in their own lifetimes?

Awesome is often, an overused and exaggerated word, but 'Awesome' definitely applies to this magnificent, now 'Iconic' temple or structure.

Visiting in early December 2016, the Temple was partly obscured by scaffolding, at what appears to be almost the end of a major cleaning operation. 
Hopefully the scaffolding will soon be gone and the views and all its unhindered glory, will have returned, once again.

One if the best sights and sites to visit in Thailand in my view, and possibly amongst the very best 'sights' within the World itself too.

~matt

Went there by a car and a bit confused to find the locket. Has large area, and don't forget your sun block, please. We wen't there about at noon, so it was so hot. It's still under construction, so we just walk around. Oh, you can rent the traditional clothes and take pictures as well.

~novia

I came here with my dad in November, it's actually the only temple I got chance to see. Defiantly worth the visit. I think the entrance fee is like 50baht? Maybe 100. I can't remember but it was cheap. I loved every minute. If you are into history etc, it might be worth hiring a guide to learn about it as well. I do wish we had done that but we weren't very prepared. :)

~sandra

The entry ticket is very less these days, only 50B, but you can roam in the campus for a quick view then go back. coz once you pay there is not much to see inside as it is closed for renovation. The decoration work is nice and you will enjoy iof you are sucker for old monuments. Else save the time spent in bangkok traffic. Or visit if you are in a ferry or anywhere near the river

~monika

While some tourists and guides say that Wat Arun is best seen from across the river and may not be worth visiting, I disagree. Yes, the view from across the river is fantastic, but so are the views from the temple. 

Moreover, the Wat is unusually high (about 104 or so meters high according to the Thai Tourism board), and you can climb it up through rather narrow steep steps. The views even climbing half way are fabulous. 

The structure itself is worth seeing up close. Don't miss it. We went on the Express Boat on the river, up and down, and made several stops, but our destination from the start was the Wat Arun, and don't regret it. We paid about 20 bath to enter, and 2 bath per person each way to cross the river from the Express boat stop on the other bank. 

You can go easily across the river to see Wat Arun when you visit the Grand Palace, which unlike another review mention is NOT closed on Wednesday or any day for that matter. The people who tell you that the Palace or Wat Pho are closed (even temporarily closed) are just scammers trying to redirect you (and transport you for a fee) to another place. Please don't pay attention!

~grandi

If you like culture and architectural marvels, don't miss out on this one! There is so much to see inside and each structure is different and unique in its own way. The close up views of each pagoda reveal some really creative work. You can easily spend half a day wandering through this place.

~suji

It is across the Chao Phraya river reachable by local ferry (a cool 3.5 baht per passenger) from the pier that is within 5 minutes walk from Wat Pho. Large parts of the temple were under scaffolding during my visit in December 2016, but with due respect, the place was quite ordinary even without scaffolding. Could be completed within 15 minutes. If I were to visit again, I would go very early in the morning, or at dusk. There were some souvenir and food and drinks stalls outside the temple near the pier but no alcoholic drinks.

~jack

The temple is covered in scaffolding at the moment which is disappointing for photos. You can't actually go inside this temple just view it from the outside. It is a stunning piece of architecture. Really good to see with beautiful surrounding gardens that were peaceful. 
Had to cross the river on a rickety wooden small ferry from an even ricketier pier to get to Wat Arun as is the shortest way around with the roads being a nightmare in Bangkok for traffic jams. An experience in itself with Buddhist monks on board too. 
It doesn't take that long to look round and as you can't go in and it's otherwise a dead end - it seemed to fall a little flat.

~andrew

The temple of Dawn is currently under renovation and is covered in scaffolding and due to be completed in March 17. There is an entrance fee of 100 bhat in to the temple area and there are nice gardens around it. It's definitely worth seeing.

~nicola

Very picturesque, a lot of visitors during the daytime, please ensure to a bottle of water before you start your tour, water is included in the entrance fees i.e. 100 Baht.
Please ensure to take off your hat and shoes before entering the temple of Lying Buddha and you have to mind your dress code again. Although most of these temples do offer foreigners wraps or sarongs.

~kim

Another incredible places to see which is steeped in history. This should be placed near the very top of your things to do list while visiting Bangkok. We were fortunate to have a private guided tour. The guide provided so much interesting information, I'd recommend booking a tour.

~lee

Bangkok is a great city to schedule in a tour to visit all the historical places of interest. They are preserved and maintained to a very high standard despite the pollution levels in the air. I would recommend going with a tour company as they will provide air conditioned transport and you can pick out all the places you wish to visit on a circuit. We had no pressure on time limits on where we wanted to go and how, it was decided as a group together who wanted to do what.

~kaiser

The temple is under construction but doesnt affect the magnificence. After you're done touring the place you can take the tourist boat and cross the river to Wat Pho, it only costs 3.50THB.

~apple

We hoped on the Skytrain at Nana, was very straight forward to the pier (our concierge wrote down our directions!) 
Once you get to the Pier, we payed for the Chao Phraya 'Hop on - Hop off' boat. 

Takes about 10/15 mins or so to get to Wat Arun. 

Was really beautiful, unfortunately there was some Maintance work going on but that's really not a problem. 

You can walk around the grounds and just take your time. Getting the boat back to the Pier is just as easy (Think it's every 30 mins or so)

~jennifer

This temple forms part of the three Wats in Bangkok. As of December 2016, the temple is under renovation, and is closed. However, there is a ticket of 50 Baht which is charged, and only once you go inside do you realise that the sanctum, sanctorum of the temple is closed.

~vivek

How to get here:
take a BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin and buy a ticket at Chao Phraya River Tourist Boat. 40Baht for one way or 150Baht for one day pass. Stop at station no 8 which is Tha Tien station. 

Entrance fee:
50 Baht

Operation hour:
Daily from 8am-4pm

i walk around the wat arun. there's no one. i mean, no one! i'm lucky then to take a lot of picture without having a bunch of people as a background. hahaha. so, come early in the morning guys. i climb up the stairs to see around, finally found a bunting writen "Under Restoration, Be Careful". i go out and found the other attraction which is the garden. They took care the garden so well. it's pretty nice. a lot of tourist gather at the garden to take a picture from the outside of wat arun. yeah, great spot to take a picture with wat arun. i would recommended to just walk around at the garden and see wat arun from far. still, a majestic view.

~eila

You currently cannot climb up the main temple as it's under restoration so it's probably not worth paying the entry fee for 50 baht or so. Temple ground is relatively small and can be seen from outside the gate. If you cannot climb up for the view, there's not much to it and it's much more interesting to see the temple of the reclining buddha across the river by boat. That one is definitely better and only 100 baht entry fee.

~vicky

We visited several times to Bangkok and this was the first visit to Wat Arun. It was easily accessible via boat service at Sathorn Pier to Tha Tien Pier (N8) at around 40 baht per person per trip. How to go to Sathorn Pier? Very easy, just take BTS to Saphan Taksin station and Sathorn Pier is just right below the BTS station. With an entrance fee of 50 baht, the architecture of Wat Arun was simply amazing experience. The Grand Palace and reclining Buddha are located just opposite the river where one can take a shuttle boat ride at merely 4 baht to get there. Hence, it is great to drop by Wat Arun before heading to Grand Palace and reclining Buddha as part of the itinerary!

~antonio

Very nice temple and very inspiring for all of the work that was done to construct this place. There was a lot of construction on the main structure and I wonder what it must have been like when it was being built. A must see as well.

~nick

This temple is very important to the local Thai people. It is a stunning piece of architecture. If you are brave enough to walk up the steps then you will need to be braver to walk back down!

Unfortunately, the façade appears to be under repair and was covered with scaffolding. You could still see through but didn't make for the most pleasing of photos.

You need to catch the ferry across.

~danmo

You must be willing to,wake up before sunrise to really appreciate this.
Seeing sunrise behind this temple is magnificent.
It is across the river from metro Bangkok, you can cross the river at Tha Tien pier or take a taxi. When I stay at the Millenium Hilton, it is a short taxi ride from there.
This is not a commercial thing, it is a way to witness sunrise in a beautiful, traditional way.
Each couple of trips I set my alarm for 4 AM and trek to War Arun to be mesmerized by a georgous sunrise

~mike

This place is beautiful, right on the river. take the boat chao phraya express and go down the river until you meet the stop. unfortunately, the temple was under construction when we were traveling, and it was also a Buddhist holiday so time spent was limited. however, I must say when staying in downtown Bangkok this place is worth the trip. the gardens surrounding are beautiful as well.

~jenn

My husband and I visited here while on our honeymoon. We went to Wat Pho, and headed here directly following, so it was quite early in the day and crowds were minimal. While under construction with parts inaccessible to the public, it was still well worth the visit, and the entry fee was minimal. I believe there is a dress code enforced here, similar to other Bangkok temples. The scale of this temple is amazing, and the craftsmanship is breathtaking. A must-see.

~amber

Yes, it is under renovation but this is keeping some of the crowds away and adding to a feeling of real peace you don't get at some of the other spots simply because of the crowds. It is only 3.5 bhat to get the ferry across from the reclineing Buddha so well worth a short detour if you are at the palace.

~peter

The temple was being renovated when we visited, and the stairs to the steeple were closed. Nevertheless it was very calming and relaxing to roam the temple grounds and climb the steep stairs towards the 2nd level (open).

We were going to return to Sathorn pier and was in the wrong pier. The helpful pier personnel pointed us to the correct pier and even asked the boat to wait for us. Thumbs up for service!

~steve

Unfortunately the main sculpture was on renovation, but there are other historic monuments worth the visit. Located along the Chao Phraya River opposite to Grand Palace, it is easily accessible by boat. Take the orange flag boat from Sathron Pier near Saphan Taskin BTS for 14 Baht, it will drop you off directly in-front of the Wat Arun. To visit all other attractions which is on the opposite side of the river, there is a ferry for 3 Baht which takes you to Tha Tien Pier. (Note: The orange flag boat takes you first to Wat Arun before goin to Tha Tien Pier). 
Entrance Fee is 50 Baht / person.

~amal

Wat Arun is near the Royal Palace and Wat Pho so it was very convienent to vist all 3 places in one day. We took the sky train to Taksin station and then went on a river boat to get to Wat Arun. The temple was majestic and beautiful and it took about 1.5 hours to see everything. This is one of the treasure in Bangkok.

~nguyen

Wat Arun is a very peaceful and serene place amidst the chaos of Bangkok. Take a quick water taxi to the other side of the river to visit the temple of reclining Buddha.

~verma

Wat Arun was under construction when we were there so it wasn't a very long visit. We weren't able to climb to the top. However, we were still able to wander around and admire all the detail. Beautiful!

~tatcher

We took a boat from What Pho for 3bhat. Lots to observe on the river. Take photos. What Arun is worth a visit despite renovations. Stalls for drinks, market stalls and lots of photo opportinities! Vendors outside selling multitude of items. Do not forget to haggle.

~benu

Was more than I expected. A lot of photo opportunities here. They supply cover ups for women in case you forget yours. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Definately worth the stop but don't need a lot of time either.

~sharon

Temple of Dawn, now under renovation. Most probably by Mar 2017 renovation will be completed. You will have a nice scenic view of the river's activities from the tower. The Tower decoration are all done by hand and the surrounding gardens has a nice atmosphere. For Sunset photo, I went to the opposite side of the river "sunset with Wat Arun"

~neil

Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn is situated on the other side of the Chao Phraya river. It is a great historic and religious site of the city. It is probably the nicest of the temples in Bangkok which costs very less. While many prefer to get there during the dawn, it is actually closed after it is dark. Some other half of the tourists prefer to go there early morning and observe the old city of Bangkok from the top.

This piece of great architecture is Definitely recommended.

~anik

Beautiful experience in terms of temple visit. Its on the other side of the river opposite to Wat Pho.Have to take the boat from Tha Thien Pier. Lovely view of the temple from the riverside. Inside the temple some great picturesque is available. Amazing creativity.....

~papai

The Temple of Dawn is a beautiful temple located along the Chao Phraya River. We visited the temple at Night and there were no tourists, the temples are very beautiful especially the intricate designs.

~quadro

Entrance fee is 50 Baht.

The place is under renovation to strengthen the structure of the towers hence visitors were not able to climb all the way up.

It is a very peaceful place. A smaller version of Angkor Wat. Be sure to be properly dressed. T shirt and jeans will be good. Legs should be covered. The place do rent out long skirts for guests to cover their legs.

You can choose to arrive by boat 14 Baht from Taksin BTS, or taxi or tuk tuk. I took the adventure to walk from my hotel - Ibis Riverside.. 1 hour and 10 minutes walk in the morning to soak up the streets and lifestyle of the locals.

Get your cameras ready.

~addie

Some parts under restoration when we were there. The temple is beautiful and full of spiritual significance. The ground is gorgeous and a joy to walk through. Some steep steps if you decide to walk to the top but one does not have to with the workmanship you are surrounded with.

~greg

We arrived by ferry by chance in a way as just decided to get off as the place looked spectacular from the river , once off we soon realised is was Wat Arun which was on our hit list of places to visit anyway .The main temple was all scaffolded at present but still looked impressive as did all the other buildings we visited. We also came back at night as part of the bike tour we were on and it was much better then , we were also privileged to see the monks reciting there scriptures at night which was a moving experience and not to be missed .

~eski

You can still walk up the lower level of Wat Arun. There Is Scaffolding beyond that. It was actually interesting seeing the restoration of such a huge temple. May come back one day to Bangkok to see the completion.

~barbara

Very nice place with awesome boat experience in the canal viewing BKK city. Family visit with kids. I liked alongwith my family and enjoyed it thoroughly. Shopping activities and facilities were really good.

~bsu

Slightly disappointed that it was undergoing renovations. This information was not available online prior to going. Large scaffolding in place. Still worth a visit and I could only imagine its beauty without. Gardens are beautiful too - still worth a visit.

~ema

I have seen a lot of different holy buildings in the last 6 months, Thailand have a completely different approach with the architecture of their buildings. I enjoyed wandering around looking at all the gold. I hoped on a boat to get here you have 2 option the expensive tourist boat 40 baht or the local boat 14 baht. I hoped on the local boat it was fun!

~mantell

If you can make it work, try to get the view from the river. They light the temple up at a certain point at dusk (not quite sure about dawn). The ancient stones with sunlight is beautiful but the night lights give it another life entirely.

~marco

Probably also a great temple, although not so impressive as Wat Pho. The problem is the restauration that takes away the beauty of the temple. As it is now, it is not so good for tourists.

~tore

Also known as temple of dawn. People are likely to visit this place at dawn or almost sunset. The sillhouette of the temple very nice to see. We can buy quite cheap clothes inside

~janet

The location is very good,we went in boat,crossing the river.They sold ticket,but did not tell that most of the temple is under rennovation/ repar & hence entry is barred for visitors.You can see it from outside,till the time they open the access to all areas.No need to buy ticket till then.

~ravin

As any traveler to Bangkok knows, there are many temples throughout the city. The Wat Arun is one which is quite unique in design and a nice experience. It is located super close to the ferry and you can see the river from the temple. If you like temples, this is a nice one to go see.

~tarika

Take a river ferry across chao phraya from any pier near wat pho, will cost around 5 bahts. Ride is awesome and so is the temple, nice view at sunset. A must see location if you are a tourist, near to grand palace. Buddist temple complex with pagodas also nice place to relax

~nathan

I visited this temple in November. It was hot outside. But the gardens were very pretty, and the temple is beautiful. The adjacent areas have gorgeous Buddhas and many more photo ops- and opportunities to understand the culture/temple.

~ali

This place is beautiful, but you don't get much, when buying a ticket. Everything is visible from behind the gate, the garden is free of charge and honestly I regret buying a ticket. You can visit more interesting places for that price, so I recommend you to visit this temple and take a walk around it. Without buying a ticket ;)

~magdena

You can reach this temple by ferry and it's really worth it! Very impressive architecture. Unfortunately some part of it was under construction, but it was still very pretty. We can also recommend the pineapple shake at the ferry, very fresh and yummy!

~michael

A must when visiting Bangkok, from the top of Wat Arun you can have a free view of the city, n amazing view. Entry was 50 baht which is very cheap! Would rate to anyone

~ideen

In every top 5 most beautiful temples in Bangkok you will find this temple and I must say it is well deserved. Very beautiful arhitecture, atmoshpere and placement of this buddist temple. A must see for every traveler along with the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew. Very close to Grand Palace and Wat Pho (just across the river). You can cross the river by a boat bus for only 3,5 baht/pers.

~monstak

I think its worth a visit because its big, different, has lovely gardens and is opposite the Grand Palace, so if you visit the Palace its just one stop on the river ferry. 
50 bht to enter the site. 
BIG NOTE. Covered in scaffolding when we visited in November 2016 and I expect it to be there for some time. Accordingly no entry possible.

~tom

Beautiful and Big Temple, situated on river bank. It has an entry fees, so keep local currency when visiting. Maintenance work was still going on, so can't access all the areas.

~sidhu

The temple is under construction at the moment but still warrants a visit. There is a ferry ride across the river located near Wat Pho. This is a great place to buy souvenirs! Great view across the river and of course be respectful as this is a religious site!

~nathaniel

One of my favorite Thai temples. You can see it from the river and it is striking against the water and skyline. Unfortunately it was under construction and covered in scaffolding, but it was still stunning. I definitely plan to go back. It's smaller than other temple complexes so you don't need to plan too much time for visiting.

~sof

The whole temple complex is quite small, but packed. The central tower is impressive, but being renovated now, so no beautiful sunset pictures for you at this time - still worth a visit if you're interested in culture.

~cyprian

Though the structure was under renovation and was cover with scaffolding from the 1st level till the top, the whole experience of crossing the river to see the Temple was great.

The structure with the sun in back looked splendid. We use the toilet at the complex and it was very clean. They had wall fans in the toilet to cool off from the scorching heat outside. 

Tip - carry a local vicks kind of rub on you get everywhere. We got free giveaways at the Royal palace. It really helps you stay charged up and not feeling tired and dizzy. 

Ok the Temple has stucco work made out of Chinese pottery. Very well crafted artworks can be seen on the elevation of the building. The entry was I think THB 50 only. You must visit this Temple fir it's grandeur and the ferry experience.

~andy

Just take the ferry near Wat Pho for very little, at the other side is Wat Arun. The place is cheap to get in and being renovated but you can still climb up and down over some steep steps so be careful.

Cant imagine anywhere else in the world where a place is being renovated and you can still step all over it. Worth the crossing and short journey and you can take the canal long tail boat at the other side for one hour thrilling high speed trip through the Tonburi canals and maybe see the giant monitor lizard like we did.

~warren

This temple is beautiful as it decorated in different colour tones than Wat Pho. We took a boat across the river which cost about 3.5 baht. We asked people on the street how to get to the boat and everyone was very helpful. Unfortunately at the time we went the temple was undergoing construction. Nonetheless I think it's a must to do while in Bangkok.

~milda

The temple is under renovation, so you can only climb 1 level up. Not much to see or do, but entrance ticket is cheap 50 baht per person. Most of the temples have dresscodes, so make sure you don't wear sleeveless tops / shorts / short skirts.

~donald

It was the 1st attraction ive visited once landed in Bangkok early November, its beautiful but construction going on or renovation of actual temple you can see frm de picture ive taken.. 

due to kings death temple ws pretty much empty as all where in grand palace.. so I got to explore all areas with ease n hardly any crowd. great architecture

~memo

WOW.. were the first words they come absolutely amazing , the workmanship and the beautiful building is just so beautiful and you can just sit here all day and watch the people and amaze this beautiful temple and its surroundings and the gardens . So get the boat and enjoy your ride to Wat Arun

~artic

After visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, I jumped on a cross-river ferry to visit Wat Arum or The Temple of Dawn. (Real name: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan….I’m so glad they shortened them) This is a Buddhist temple and the tall tower reflects the beams of the morning sun. (thus the name) It towers 282 feet and you can climb these incredibly steep stairs to two different levels affording you magnificent views of the river and city beyond. The stair climb is not for anyone afraid of heights or steep climbs..I mean these guys are almost vertical and it helps to have long legs for they are a good 18 inches tall, each one. You are winded when you get to the top. Short skirts are definitely not advised when climbing these stairs!!!! This temple was built in the early 1800’s and most of the carvings are out of stone. Pretty spectacular.

~busconi

Especially after the bedlam of the grand palace this was a haven of rest and tranquility. Much cheaper too and personally we preferred this to get a good feeling of Thailand. Liked this place a lot and would recommend this as somewhere to go in Bangkok.

~matue

Beautiful temple, although similar on the inside to what you can see on the outside, but obly 50 bhat for ticket so upto you and your budget. Temple complez to its right are free entry and are even more stunning (forgot the name). Overall worth a visit

~champi

The temple is beautiful and if you are brave enough to climb up the stairs you'll be rewarded with amazing views, especially at sunset. Be warned - the climb down is scarier and harder than the climb up.

~amit

We 8 cruise ship passengers on our 1st day of our tour with “Bangkok Metropolis Tours by Thanaporn “Jean” Sungnoi” just crossed the Chao Phraya River from the Tha Tian Market to see the must see Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Unfortunately for us the Wat Arun is under renovation with all the scaffolding covering a major portion of the temple. Jean explained what we would have seen if not for the renovation. We turned our cameras to a shy Komodo Dragon in search of his lunch. 3 Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) appeared looking for goodies from the gullible tourist but only got the pictures taken with no fee rendered although they made several requests. As might be expected from a bird that does so well in proximity to humans, Common Myna is a generalist, feeding on worms, beetles, insect larva, fruits and raiding bins for scraps of food. Reportedly a Common Myna won a three-way tug-of-war over a katydid (a large insect) with a Streak-eared Bulbul and an Oriental Magpie Robin. In keeping with its often scruffy appearance and scruffy, bin-raiding lifestyle, Common Myna builds a scruffy ball of a nest which is sometimes parasitized by Koels; watching Mynas feeding juvenile Koels is an interesting sight.
After taking the mandatory photos to prove we were there despite the reconstruction we headed back to the ferry through a very impressive gate with intimidating guards holding swords. Next time after the reconstruction we will come again to get better photos.

~andrei

the temple is currently under renovation, so a visit to Wat Arun is not quite as satisfactory as it was on the first occasion when I saw it years ago. But like most pagodas in Thailand a leisurely walk along its sprawling site is a welcome break from crowded Bangkok and very rewarding. It is worth taking the time to take in all its buildings and sit under the shade of its many trees. 
Across the river lies the Royal Palace and crossing over to its side for a tour of it is well worth the effort, though the recent death of His Majesty the King has attracted large crowds of Thai visitors and the place is rather crowded.

~justin

Hopped off the boat for a short stay and was glad we didn't make a special journey. The temple although beautiful is covered in scaffolding. We climbed the very steep steps only to find as we rounded the corner there was no entry. Visiting the temple at ground level it was filled with dozens of buckets containing cleaning products. We were told these were offerings to Buddah (not sure of the significance of that). The grounds were beautiful and alongside is a small market for souvenirs.

~aguilas

This was a nice stop on our temple tour, and though the temple had scaffolding around it, we were able to take a walk around and get some interesting stories from our guide about the history of the building and its religious and historical significance.

~sarah

Absolutely beautiful from the river approach, highly recommend taking a boat rather than approaching from the landside. The main tourists boats do stop here, flat fee on the boats of about 40 baht / £1. Wat Arun itself is breathtaking, the ceramics and craftsmanship on show are incredibly intricate. Unfortunately there was a great deal of scaffolding present for restoration works which did take the shine off the place. Regardless of the works though, this place is a must visit if you happen to be in Bangkok for more than a day.

~dasger

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