BANGKOK | Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, more commonly known as simply, “Wat Arun” is one of Thailand’s most iconic and recognisable structures. Named after the Hindu god of dawn, Aruna, it’s the primary reason why Bangkok is the capital of Thailand today. King Taksin established his new capital of Thonburi (now a Bangkok neighbourhood) near the temple, interpreting his discovery of it as a sign.
A temple has existed on this site since at least the 17th century, however its most recognisable feature, the 82 metre high þrahng (Khmer-style spire) wasn’t built until the reigns of King Rama II and Rama III in the early 1800s.
The þrahng is covered in colourful porcelain and features several artworks, murals and statues featuring Buddhist iconography. Visitors are able to walk around Wat Arun, and even walk up part of the þrahng, which offers spectacular views across the Chao Phraya River.
Wat Arun is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm and tickets cost 100 bhat. Along with the þrahng, visitors can also visit Wat Arun’s bòht (ordination hall), wí·hăhn (sanctuaries), hǒr đrai (depository for Buddhist scriptures), and other structures.
Being a Buddhist temple, be sure to dress respectfully. Knee-length shorts, trousers or long skirts, and tops that cover your shoulders. If need be, you can rent a sarong from the shop at the entrance for 20 bhat.
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan
158 Thanon Wang Doem
Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai
Mon – Sun: 8:00am to 6:00pm