Two years ago, I was already halfway when I decided against climbing all the way to the top. The gloomy skies were starting to spit showers, and I was terrified that the floor would turn slippery any moment. The stairs of Wat Arun were rather narrow. I was as clingy to the hand railings as I was to my ex. But that’s for another story.

When I returned to Bangkok this year, I paid this temple another visit, only so I could finally reach the top level of the site’s main spire.

Located on the west bank of Chao Phraya, Wat Arun Ratcha Wararam Ratchaworamahawihan is dedicated to the second reign of the Chakkri Dynasty. Known to locals as Wat Chaeng or Temple of Dawn, it is believed that King Taksin, after escaping Ayutthaya which was attacked by the Burmese, reached the place just before sunrise. He then made the place the chief temple. It once housed the precious Emerald Buddha and the Phra Bang (another important image) which were moved from the Lao city of Vientiane.

Statue of King Rama beside the prang of Wat Arun
Statue of King Rama beside the prang of Wat Arun
You cannot miss Wat Arun if you're on the boat.
You cannot miss Wat Arun if you’re on the boat.

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A yaksha and the 70m spire of Wat Arun
A yaksha and the 70m spire of Wat Arun
One of the statues around Wat Arun
One of the statues around Wat Arun
Climbing to the top of the main spire requires a lot of energy.
Climbing to the top of the main spire requires a lot of energy.
View of the Grand Palace from the top of the spire of Wat Arun
View of the Grand Palace from the top of the spire of Wat Arun

Wat Arun
Opening hours: 8:00am-6:30pm
Entrance fee: THB 50

How to get there: Board the SkyTrain (Silom Line) to S6 Saphan Taksin Station, take Exit 2. Hop onto a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Thien pier (N8) and then cross the river on a smaller boat.

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Comments

  1. The Roaming Renegades says:

    This is just amazing, insanely beautiful. I can’t wait to visit. Great post!

  2. stela says:

    A wonderful exposure to beautiful architecture and history. However, be careful with the steps.

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