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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

158 Wang Doem Road, Wat Arun | Take the boat to Pier Tha Tien and then take the ferry to cross the river, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
+66 2 891 2978
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Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: This temple is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny... more » Owner description: This temple is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain. « less
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Tivat, Montenegro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We saw Wat Arun during a night-time dinner cruise on the Loy Nava. During the night, the lighting arrangement is spectacular. The following day we headed across town to see Wat Arun in daylight. It was even more impressive. The steps up the temple get progressively steeper (a challenge for children and adults alike, but quite achievable). The statues and... More

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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This doesn't take a long time to do but must be seen! Can walk up the stairs and see the city across the river.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went in the evening and so the temple was closed. However, we could still walk around the grounds and it was beautiful all lit up. There were also some monks walking round.

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victoria
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited this temple in the evening on a bicycle tour with Grasshopper tours. No tourist crowds and very impressing all lit up

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

.. Wat Arun is probably one of the most photographed temples in the world for its sublime and glorious beauty beyond words. The delicate prang was decolated with seashells and tiny bits of porcelains from China. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is located on the grounds of the royal palace in King Taksin's reign (just like Wat Phra Kaew on... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When sailing Bagkok main river, at the level of pier nine (east bank), you are attracted to a particular temple, different from the others scattered around the city of Bangkok. You cross the river and you discover an exceptional temple. You go up the stair case and you observe the details, they are simply beautiful. Besides, you have a great... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The temple is amazing and there's not many around the world like it. Its centrally located and it's definitely worth a visit.

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Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Although it is touristy and a bit crowded, Wat Arun provides a very nice view of Bangkok in the distance and a river view in the forefront. It's a nice temple that is easy to access by river boat and can be a quick stop. Under an hour at this temple is plenty of time to enter, look around, climb... More

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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Wats in the temple district of Bangkok are amazing. Catch the ferry across to Wat Arun. It has steep stairs and maybe don't climb it if you are afraid of heights, but it is well worth it otherwise.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a visit if only to climb about half way up the central prang of this temple...climb itself is fun...very steep steps...best to come back down backwards. Great views of the river and some of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Don't forget to see the rest of the wat (Ordination Hall, etc.) which you can reach through a... More

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