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Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn

WAT-ARUN THE-TEMPLE-OF-DAWN Posted on: 18th February 2016

The Wat Arun is one of the most important Buddhist temples not only in Bangkok but also in Thailand. The name of the temple means the temple of dawn. The King Rama II named the temple Wat Arun in honor of Hindu god Aruna who represents the Dawn. It was the King Rama III, the successor of Rama II, who gave the temple its final name “Wat Arun Ratchavararam”. Wat Arun Temple is one of the essential visits for tourists in Bangkok. Due to its close proximity to Royal Palace, you can visit the both sites on the same day. Its unique location, near the Royal Palace on the western bank of Chao Phraya River, can be savored more profoundly with a car rental at one’s disposal; book a Bangkok Airport car hire and enjoy the visit to the fullest.

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More About Wat Arun

The central tower of the of Wat Arun is about 82 meters high which makes this temple the highest in the City. It is built in Khmer style architecture which is reminiscent of the temples of Cambodia. The exterior decoration is made with porcelain and seashells. This central tower of the temple represents the Mount Meru which is the center of the spiritual world and the abode of Lord Shiva. Four more towers are also located in the four corners of the temple around the central tower which further highlights the beauty of this amazing holy place. Before shifting to Wat Phra Kaew, the famous Emerald Buddha was housed in Wat Arun.

Practical Information

It is located at Thanon Arun Amarin 34, Thonburi, Bangkok. It is open for visitors from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm for 7 days a week.

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