Wat Arun Temple Bangkok is one of the most well-known landmarks of Thailand. The image is commonly found in postcards and kinds of information related to the country. The most typical part of the temple is the giant 80meters prang, the tower built on a bank of Chao Phraya River in the architectural style of Khmer. Wat Arun Temple is also called as the Temple of the Dawn and it is one of six highest grade temples of Royal Temples in the first class and as the most respected temples in Thailand.
Wat Arun Temple History
Wat Arun Temple Bangkok belongs to some temples that precede Bangkok founding. The establishment was also the beginning of Rattanakosin era in the year 1782. Since the very first time of the establishment, the giant prang of the temple has dominated the Chao Phraya River’s skyline. Until today, all travelers always choose the temple as one of their destinations in Thailand.
In 1767 when the former Ayutthaya Kingdom had been destructed by Burmese, the King Taksin the Great then built Thonburi on Chao Phraya’s west bank. Then it became the new capital of the kingdom. The Grand Palace of the Thonburi Kingdom is nearly directly the opposite of Wat Arun Temple location. Wat Arun was originally called as Wat Jaeng, it was established on the older temple remaining called Wat Makok in the era of Ayutthaya.
The Thonburi Kingdom ended after the King Taksin death in 1782. Then the Rattanakosin Kingdom established Bangkok as the new capital on the opposite side of Chao Phraya River. The temple was renamed to be Wat Arun Rajwararamor Wat Arun after the King Rama II in reign.
How to Get to Wat Arun Temple
The Wat Arun Temple Bangkok location is on the Wat Arun Amarin Road, on the Chao Phraya River’s west bank. It is the opposite of the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho Temple Thailand. The easiest way to reach the temple is by sailing on a boat. Get there by Chao Phraya express boat to the destination of Chao Phraya River east bank named Tha Tien Pier. From the east bank, then take a Tha Tien express boat to cross to the opposite bank. It will be only a short ride but will make you amazed of the beautiful views. It will also be a good chance to take the picture of the giant Wat Arun prang. Everyone who wants to go Wat Arun Temple Bangkok opens every day from 8 am to 5.30 pm. The entrance ticket is 50 baht per person.