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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

158 Wang Doem Road | Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai (Take the boat to Pier Tha Tien and then take the ferry to cross the river), Bangkok 10600, Thailand
+66 2891 2185
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

No doubt that this temple is one of the best, must see temple in Bangkok. But if you are afraid of heights might want to consider giving this a skip. The temple is very steep, my stomach was quest all the way up, and even worse coming down. But definitely worth it. Also the boat to cross the river is... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

My visit to Wat Arun was hampered by rain, but still worthwhile. Remants from royal ceremony the previous day (flower displays, etc.) very popular for colorful pictures. The temple itself is uniquely ornate, decorated with what looks like second-hand porcelain china. Was able to climb up to midway point on the main tower before rains came back. Great view of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful stupas and temples, eventhough we could not visit some parts due to renovations. As with all temples and museums in Thailand: bring your own toilet paper/

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Wat Arun is a beautiful temple and is a great site to see, however, in order to climb to the top of the temple for a great view of Bangkok you have to climb some incredibly steep stairs! I am not usually someone who is particularly worried about heights, but coming down such steep steps was not an experience I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

A must see for all first timers in bangkok. Worth the 50 baht entrance fee. The view at the top is pretty great. Visit this when you go see thr grand palace and wat pho

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It is on the west bank of the Chao Praya river and is directly opposite Wat Pho. The design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Given beauty of the architecture and the fine craftsmanship it is not surprising that Wat Arun is considered by many as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

There isn't really a lot to see at this temple. I think it looks best from a distance so if you pass by it, that can be enough. Me and my girlfriend have climbed it and the stairs are incredibly steep. You can almost call it plain dangerous! Visit the temple if you're really interested, but for me it wasn't... More

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

What's cool about this temple is that you can climb up it to get a great view across the river and Bangkok. Apart from that, there is not a lot more to see and do, which is also kind of nice after having spent considerable time exploring the Grand Palace complex and Wat Pho.

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Ban Phe, Rayong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

After your visit to Wat Prah Keo and the Grand Palace, take the river taxi directly across the river (3 baht) to Wat Arun. The structure is about 70 meters high and if you are brave enough, you can ascend the stairs to very near the top. The stairs are very steep and going down is much more difficult, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It's by the way when you visit grand palace, asiatique, etc. go there in late afternoon to avoid strong sun

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