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“A place not to be missed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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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Ranked #2 of 259 attractions in Bangkok
Type: Religious Sites
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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.
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A place not to be missed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Built in the 17th century, with Burmese design, this temple looks amazing from afar, but even better near. To get there, stop at Tha Tien Pier and take a cross river boat for only 3 baht/pax. Entrance to the temple is 50 baht/pax. To get to the 2 tiers of the temple requires climbing steep steps, but the climb was totally worth it. The view of Chao Phraya River and her surroundings was fantastic! And we could take a 360 degree view while walking round the temple on both tiers. Hence, we also had a nice view of Thonburi grounds, around the temple. Coming down from the temple was a little scarier but it was managable, with some caution.

I was amazed by the tiles and mosaics that line the entire temple and stupas. Absolutely beautiful!

Visited February 2013
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“Oh the stairs!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

In my opinion this is the most magnificent Wat in Bangkok. As you come across the river to take in its beauty it is truly amazing. Up close it has not had the same attention that the other Wat's and temples may enjoy in Bangkok. It has become a little grey and discolored, but to me that enhances it authenticity and beauty. And it is only when you start to climb the Wat Arun that you really start to appreciate its position aside the river.

It is also once you start climbing the stairs that your legs start to ache and your fear of heights kick in. Try at least to get half way up, the stairs are solid, its just their angle. It like you are climbing a ladder. Up at the higher stairs there is at least a handrail. There is really no graceful way of getting down- but hey everyone is in the same position. holding onto the rail for dear life. (ha)

It was a lot less crowded than the Grand Palace & reclining Buddha. there is also opportunity to "dress up" in traditional clothing for photos down in the gardens. We didn't have time to do it, but it looked like fun. The Wat Arun was high on my list of things to see and it did not disappoint. Sore legs aside, it is just magnificent.

Visited February 2013
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“My fave wat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This wat is very different from the others. It's easy to get overwhelmed touring wats in Thailand but this one is definitely worth the visit. To get there you have to take a boat. It runs pretty frequently and cost couple cents! Wat decoration is made out of colorful ceramic tiles and plates originated in China. You can walk up its super steep stairs for better view, but I don't recommend it if you're scared of heights. To get up and down you need to use the railing and it feels more like climbing a mountain than stairs.

Visited December 2012
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“Iconic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This temple is not that old, 19th century, but the archetecture is so different it gives a much older feeling. There is a good view from the top!

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“Facinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

A bit difficult to get to but using the ferry is so cheap and great fun. Entry inexpensive. Many less visitors than Grand Palace. Take care climbing the steps!!!

Visited January 2013
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