Discover Wat Arun - Bangkok
Backpackers, who love to tour Bangkok by following the sun, may want to start their Thai journey at the Arun, or also known as the Temple of Dawn. Named after the Hindu God, Aruna, this sacred temple greets and parts with the city of Bangkok, by glistening over the Chao Phraya River each time the sun rises and sets. Wat Arun, however, is reserved for travelers who are not afraid to share the view with the sky, because one of this temple’s prominent features is the narrow stone stairway that leads travelers to a bird’s eye view of the city of Bangkok.
Depending on the travel schedule, it is good to know that Wat Arun can be enjoyed both up close and from far. Tourists who want to see this temple at its most dramatic hours may want to sit in one of the local restaurants and coffee shops that are sprawled around the area, and enjoy Wat Arun in all its landscape splendor during the sunset, and the evening – when the temple’s lights flicker over the river’s waters. However, tourists who want to genuinely immerse themselves in the rich culture of Thailand, they can visit Wat Arun during the early mornings, or midday (if they want to mingle with the locals and the crowd). This temple is known for its architectural design, so Trip Guru suggests that potential traveling tourists must pay attention to its surroundings – especially when they get to the temple’s spires or prangs. Each prang is coated with bejeweled porcelain and/or seashells and is held by various figures that are inspired by Chinese and Hindu culture. In a blink of an eye, travelers will be able to tell the tale of Wat Arun and how it perpetually glistens under the rays of sunlight.
Trip Guru would like to remind all travelers that the temple is a sacred location and needs to be treated as such. Men and women are not allowed to expose their arms, legs, and feet. Violators will not be allowed access and/or be escorted out.
The entrance fee costs 100 Baht and the temple is opened from 8:30AM to 5:30PM, but it is highly advised to be there earlier because the lines to the temples are known to be long. The best way to get to Wat Arun is by taking the Sky Train. Backpackers will need to leave through Exit 2, take a Chao Phraya Express Boat to Tien Pier (N8), and then take a cross-river ferry to Wat Arun.
What our experts tell about this experience.
The Temple of Dawn. That's how it's translated. Visited this temple with my mother and amazingly beautiful and peaceful it was. We watched the sunset here and felt how at peace we were. From all the outside traffic and crazy Bangkok. Here we felt as if it were only us and the beautiful sunset. With the enchanting history of the temple (it's a history alright! Read it up before coming) all was.. just fine :)
At Wat Arun you can visit both day and night. I went here during the day with a few friends. Have got to say that at the top there's quite a steep climb. Coming down isn't so bad but going up is going to talk some muscles. The view up top though.. is jaw-dropping. All of Bangkok is seen here. You have to really see this yourself though! It has a great history so before visiting read it up a bit. And what got me most was how elegant and decorative it was.. Love the Thai style decoration and the culture that it holds.
Trip Guru with his atuentics tours, allowed me visitng the Wat Arun temple at night, avoiding the confusion and the hight afternoon temperatures. Visiting the temple during the evening has been a great experiecne to feel the pieceful and quiet monks atmosphere. Has been a relaxing tour.