Temple of the Dawn Wat Arun

Attraction

Wat Arun

The Temple of Dawn

Rising above the banks of Chao Praya River is the iconic Wat Arun, known locally as Wat Chaeng, is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok thanks to its riverside location and intricate design.

The temple features an imposing 70-metre spire, intricately decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain laid in elaborate patterns, and despite being called the Temple of Dawn, it is most spectacular at sunset. 

For those who dare, you can climb the steep stairs up the central tower for fabulous views over the Chao Praya river and the Grand Palace opposite. 

The temple is also home to a stunning ordination hall that features a golden Buddha image and various murals that decorate the walls. Dressing appropriately is important when visiting Wat Arun as it's considered an important spiritual place for many Buddhists, so be sure to cover up.

Essential Information

  • Ages:  All ages
  • Useful Information:  As with any visit to a temple, you are advised to dress respectfully, with shoulders covered and wear either trousers or knee-length skirts.