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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Quick facts about Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

  • Name: Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)​
  • Built: 17th century
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Type of attraction: Architectural, Temple
  • Ticket price: Starting from $3

Wat Arun, known internationally as Temple of Down (full name: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan) is one of the most important temples in Bangkok.

It is located on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River and its name comes from the Hindu god Aruna.

The temple is a large prang decorated with Chinese white broken porcelain. It was also the highest building in Bangkok – at 88 meters in height, until the emergence of the contemporary skyscraper. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and a must-visit.

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Interesting facts about Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

  • The temple’s layout is Khmer style. Typical aspect of this style is a very steep staircase. A steep staircase can be viewed from a religious view as a “stairway to heaven.”

  • The temple is more than 300 years old, but it was not until the 19th century that it got its current look with one central tower.

  • The 4 smaller towers are devoted to the wind god, Phra Phai (also known as Vayu). 

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