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Wat Arun

   ( Temple of Dawn )


Who goes here :

  • √ Suitable for : Solo
  • √ Suitable for : Couple
  • √ Suitable for : Family/Group

What to expect :

  • √ Historical
  • √ Popularity with tourists
  • √ Safety : Good
  • √ Kids allowed

Essential Information

This strikingly beautiful Khmer style temple celebrates the reemergence of the capital following the 18th century Burmese invasion. It is stunning even from a distance, but an up-close look reveals precise mosaic details. There's a flight of steep stairs for visitors who want better views of the Hindu figures.

COSTS : Admission is 20B. The cross-river ferry ticket costs 3B.
ADDRESS : Wat Arun, Th Arun Amarin, Thonburi, Ko Ratanokosin / Thonburi Area, Bangkok, Thailand
BUSINESS HOURS : 8:30am to 5:30pm
PHONE NUMBER : +662 891 1149

Pictures : Wat Arun

  • Wat Arun Thonburi At Night
  • Wat Arun Thonburi Exterior
  • Wat Arun Thonburi Ordination Hall
Wat Arun Thonburi At Night


The temple at night


Tips, Comments and Reviews : Wat Arun

This landmark along the Mae Nam Chao Phraya riverbank was where General Taksin revived the Thai capital following the fall of Ayuthaya, changing its status from a shrine into a seat of power. Translated as 'Temple of Dawn,' it eventually lost this status when a new king was crowned in Bangkok, across the river.

Joan G.
The stairs leading to the top become a hazard when wet, so take extra care. It's quite a climb, so be sure you are ready. Once you get to the top of the temple, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views over Chao Phraya.

Rina L.
The seashells and porcelain decorating the temple were once used as ballasts on Chinese ships. Talk about creative repurposing! And although the it is called 'Temple of Dawn,' Wat Arun looks best at sunset. You don't even have to come all the way--just look at it from across the river. It's quite majestic.

Ingrid C.


How to Get There : Wat Arun

COORDINATES : 13.743536,100.487375

Take the cross-river ferry from Tha Tien.

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