Located on the Chao Phraya River banks, Wat Arun (also known as the Temple of the Dawn) is one of Bangkok’s most recognisable landmarks. The name was derived from the Hindu god of down Arun. Often considered the most famous and most photographed temple in all of Bangkok, this structure is 70 metres tall and has a spire decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain.

What to See

The Ordination Hall

The ordination hall has a Buddha portrait said to have been constructed by Rama II himself, as well as beautiful paintings depicting Prince Siddhartha (the Buddha) encountering birth, old age, sickness, and death outside his palace gates, which caused him to forsake the worldly life.

The Spire

The 70-meter-tall Khmer-style structure that was built during the first half of the 19th century by Rama II is the temple’s most notable and distinguishing feature.

The Grounds

The Wat Arun complex has many buildings, including the ordination hall and central tower, two sanctuaries and a repository for Buddhist teachings. Six săh lah, or open-air pavilions, are on the riverbank, initially designed for lounging and study but now used mostly as moorings for tourists’ boats.

Hotels Near Wat Arun

Arun Residence is a multi-story wooden home with more to offer than simply a stunning riverfront location across from Wat Arun. Each of the seven rooms here has a comfortable, modern vibe (the best are the top-floor, balcony-equipped suites). Inviting social facilities include a library, rooftop bar, and restaurant.

Other best hotels near Wat Arun are 196 Oldtown Chic, the Knight House Bangkok, 1905 Heritage Corner, and Issara by D Hostel, among others.


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