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Wat Arun Bangkok

The Temple of Dawn

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Wat Arun is a well known landmark in Bangkok, and easily recognized with the most attractive structure of the center 80 metre high pagoda or Phra Prang decorated with a mosaic of multi-colours using Chinese porcelain. The outer four corners are Prangs which hold statues of Phra Phai, the God of the Wind.

This temple is classified as a principal class Royal temple. It is a fairly old temple, being built in the days of Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya and originally known as Wat Makok. It has changed its name a few times. King Thaksin changed the name to Wat Chaeng. King Rama II restored the temple and gave it a new name as Wat Arunratchatharam. King Rama IV also made some additional restorations and again changed the temple's name to the present one as Wat Arunratchawararam. However it is more commonly given the name Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn.

Wat Arun is best viewed at sunset if viewed from the Bangkok side of the river. Take a trip on the Chao Phaya when you are next in Bangkok, and perhaps take a trip to Wat Arun. Probably a good idea is to take in the awesome sights of Wat Pho, and/or the Grand Palace on the same day trip.

Posted by Nods33 12:40 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand tours wat thai vip international arun concierge

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