Wat Arun Description:
Known as the Temple of Dawn in English, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s most visited tourist sights.
Built over the remains of another temple during the 19th century reign of Rama II, Wat Arun is named for the Hindu god Aruna, whose dominion is the rising sun. Built in the Khmer style found in Cambodia, Wat Arun stands apart architecturally from the vast sea of temples visited throughout Bangkok by travelers on luxury tours of Thailand.
Though named for the dawn, Wat Arun is particularly beautiful with the setting sun as a backdrop. Once full dark falls on the city the entire temple glows a brilliant gold, lit by lamps on the temple grounds.
Best Time to Visit Wat Arun:
The temple grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the best time to view Wat Arun’s unique architecture is with the setting sun as a backdrop.
Most travelers come to Bangkok between November and February to evade the heat in the summer months, and the heavy rains in July and August.
How to get to Wat Arun:
Across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Wat Arun can be accessed by private vehicle, but most visitors take a short boat ride across the water from the Western bank.
Wat Arun Highlights:
Architecturally unique, the sharp edifice of Wat Arun silhouetted by the setting sun is a sight no traveler on tour in Thailand should miss.
A functioning temple, guests who enter Wat Arun’s grounds should dress modestly by covering their shoulders, arms, and legs. For certain sections of the grounds, guests will have to remove their shoes when entering.