Wat Arun (or the Temple of Dawn) is probably one of the most recognizable temples in Bangkok, not least because the image of the temple has been published so often. The temple comprises a central tower surrounded by four smaller towers. The central tower is around 80 meters high and as night falls Wat Arun cuts a distinctive silhouette against the Bangkok skyline. Wat Arun’s striking design is probably its chief feature.
Wat Arun is though historically important. It originally housed the Emerald Buddha after its return to Thailand and it features murals and a Buddha image designed by King Rama II. You can walk up steps which take you part way up the main tower and provide an excellent view of the city. The temple is situated on the Thonburi side of the Chaopaya River and probably represents the main tourist attraction in that area.
Details: Admission is 20 Baht and you will have to catch a ferry across the river to get to Wat Arun. Opening hours are from 08:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Tel: 66 2466 3167, 66 2465 7740
How to get there: Probably the easiest way to get to Wat Arun is by Express Boat. Take a boat to Tha Tien pier and then take a ferry across the river. Getting there by taxi is a bit tricky, but if you must take a taxi, ask for ‘Wat Arun’.