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Wat Arun in Bangkok

Wat Arun, Wat Chaeng, Temple of Dawn is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok.
The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. It is believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking.

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Location:
Bangkok
Thailand
Ticket / Cost / Expenses:
฿50
Time people usually spend here:
2 hours
Latitude / Longitude:
13.7439000°N, 100.4886000°E
Distance from Bangkok city center to Wat Arun
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Overall Rating:4.4

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  '5' out of 5
"This temple is at the other side of the Chao Phraya River. Arun Means the Sun. I guess the first sunlight of Bangkok Touches the top of this temple hence this name. The temple is surely a visit for architecture lovers. One of the must visit in Bangkok. You can enter the temple with a very nominal fee. We went at March. There was re-inovation work going on at that time."
  '5' out of 5
"Very beautiful structure. One of the old temples in Bangkok. Bang on the Chao Phraya River. Can be reached by ferry boat from the Grand palace side by paying just 3 baht. Chinese style Buddhist temple. Great architectural design and style. Currently temple is under restoration. "
  '5' out of 5
"Tallest temple in thailand, The classic architecture of this temple is worth seeing. At the top of the central element of the temple, we have a great view of the Chao Praya River and the Grand Palace. Just on the other side of the river, when you visit the Grand Palace, it is easy to access and is not very long to visit."
  '4' out of 5
"Wat Arun, known as The Temple of Dawn, sits on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is illuminated in the evening to look like shimmering gold. But the best time to visit is at sunset when the sun reflects of the Chinese glass and porcelain. The temple itself is over 300 years old and was a feature on French maps of the area as far back as 1656. The center Prang is a representation of Mount Meru, the center of the Buddhist universe."
  '4' out of 5
"We visited this temple, but unfortunately it was under renovation. We wasted our money buying tickets in two different entries. Please check whether the renovation is done and then step in. The exterior design is very nice."

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