Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Alessio0575
    Monza, Italy178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit ti Wat Arun
    An absolute MUST-SEE in Bangkok. We went in the morning and we were lucky to have a sunny day. The temple ceramics and statues were shining, and amazing place to be and to visit with so many local people taking pictures in traditional costumes. I suggest to take one of the river boats to get there...alternatively from city centre the Metro stops just 10minutes walk from the temple entrance
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Anamika T
    363 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture
    Wat Arun is also called Temple of Dawn. We visited as part of the Palace and Temple tour at afternoon. It has beautiful architecture and many people were there for photo session wearing traditional Thai dresses. However temple has steep stairs so it might not be possible to climb for old people or small kids. The temple lights up at night and looks totally magnificent.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Myra K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Architecture
    We visited as part of the Palace and Temple tour in the afternoon. It has beautiful architecture. we recommend taking an umbrella and a well-prepared camera to take all of this beautiful memory. and you can see Wat Arun in 10 baht coins.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Xu
    China2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    We visited as part of the Palace and Temple tour in the afternoon. It has beautiful architecture. we recommend taking an umbrella and a well-prepared camera to take all of this beautiful memory. and you can see Wat Arun in 10 baht coins.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Angelo Valentino Krause
    Manama, Bahrain96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Temple of Dawn.
    In between the hustle and bustle of Bangkok lies one of the marvels of the 17th century named after Hindu God Aruna. The sheer breathtaking view of this masterpiece captures all its visitors with its stone carved walls and steep steps almost like it was leading to the heavens. Its also visited by many newly married couples that use the backdrop for thier couples photos and photoshoots. This is a must see attaction on your visit to Thailand.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • rz0dcr
    Sheffield, United Kingdom314 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place to visit
    This was the first attraction we visited in Bangkok, we approached it via one of the many boats available. It was busy but you could still take photos, it worth noting you can’t take photos in the temple but for me there whole architecture of the temple is better. I think we were here no longer than 1.5 hrs before moving on.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Aethelred
    Cambridge, Massachusetts1,339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a working temple!
    And an important one at that, with a strong intellectual presence and past. The Chinese-inspired buildings and ceramics are stunning, but tourists here, especially farangs, are just optional extras and should show some respect and decency - also in reviews. Guys, you're just tolerated here; live up to it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Dave C
    Singapore, Singapore45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Include in ur itinerary
    We came here after the prachat duck noodles . We took tutu (40bht) to the Thai pier, only to realise it costs us 2200bht to take a boat from this Thai pier. Then we took tutu again ( same driver to Wat Arun (400bht). Wat Arun is partly under renovation. Similar to Thai Palace n other places of interest. Many people has rented the Thai costumes to take pix ( price range from 150bht ..). Worth to include in ur itinerary.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 24, 2023
  • SharonTiew
    Malaysia56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Wat Arun
    Must visit place when you’re in Bangkok. So it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in learning about Thai culture. The temple is absolutely beautiful and the grounds very clean. Ticket is 100 Thai baht and included a free bottle drinking water. You should be done within an hour including taking pictures. Looks better at night. You can rent the Thai transitional clothes in front of the temple for only 150-250 baht. I’d definitely recommend checking out Wat Arun. ขอบคุณมาก khàawp-khun mâak ná khráp ☺️
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 14, 2023
  • amit_sen
    New Delhi, India145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Structure!
    Definitely worth a visit. Amazing structure. Have to cross phraya river to enter temple. Even though we went on weekday it was very crowded. Can rent traditional thai clothes and take pictures.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
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ciarbucks
Las Vegas, NV235 contributions
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Feb 2020
Like most other temples in Thailand, please dress appropriately with long pants and tops that cover your shoulders! If you do not, they will refuse your entrance into the temple. However, there are many shops at the ferry dock and before the temple grounds in case you forget. However, I think it's always better to be prepared!

After a short walk from the Grand Palace (around 15-20 minutes), you take a ferry to the temple. Ferry prices are around 4 THB/person. This ferry ride takes no longer than 5-10 minutes. At the temple, entrance fees are 100 THB per person (but I read a sign that stated the fee will be increased to 200 THB per person on June 2020).

Once you go in, it is an absolutely magical experience. The architecture is amazing. Visitors are able to climb up to the lower portion of the wat to see the architecture up close. However, be careful! The steps are very steep. I suggest going as early as possible to avoid the baking sun and crowds as much as possible. We were there before noon and it was already becoming very, VERY crowded. However, seeing this temple from up close is worth all the sweatiness and crowds we endured.
Written February 14, 2020
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Life traveller
North East England, UK3,778 contributions
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May 2019
My Thai hosts took me on a trip down the Chao Phraya River by river taxi - very cheap, if you can distinguish them from the more expensive, tourist boats. I am sure the best way to approach Wat Arun is from the river, as you see its gleaming spires from afar. It was mighty hot when we were there - over 40%, and the Sunday crowds were searching for shade, as were we! The steps can be pretty steep, and the sun reflects brightly off the white and brightly painted glazed walls of the temple. It only costs 50 baht to enter what is probably the most iconic Buddhist temple in Bangkok, 250 years old and still in excellent condition. A must see, and approach from the river, if you can!
Written January 10, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,757 contributions
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Mar 2019
Prominently located on the Chao Phraya River, with its image on the reverse of the 10 Baht coin, this is my favorite temple in Thailand. Referred to as the Temple of Dawn, both sunrise and sunset plays beautifully off the light colored surface. Following the fall of Ayutthaya in 1768, King Taksin felt that this would be the perfect location for the new capital upon encountering the old temple "Wat Magog". He renamed it "Wat Jaeng" (Temple of Dawn); which King Rama IV renamed Wat Arunratchawararam; now simply: "Wat Arun". The Emerald Buddha was housed here until both the capital and the Emerald Buddha were later relocated to the far safer Rattanakosin Island, directly across the river. The spires (prang) were added in the early 19th century. There are several buildings to tour here with exquisite tiles and gold details, but the main "Wat" does require a small fee. This is a Buddhist Temple, so observe the dress code with men in long pants and shirts with sleeves. Women should have their shoulders covered, as well as their knees. There are numerous shopping stalls in the area for clothing and gifts, as well as places to grab a snack or refreshment. Arrive early to beat the crowds. The grounds are lovely to explore, or you could even rent a traditional Thai outfit for a photograph before one of the buildings. Easy to access by river ferry from Rattanakosin (Old City), or by public river boat. Do also view Wat Arun when it is illuminated at night, as it is absolutely stunning!
Written February 22, 2020
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
In Thai the word Wat translates to temple and Arun means dawn. Thus this temple is known in English as the Temple of Dawn. This is a very popular attraction for many tourists along with the Grand Palace which is located directly across the river from Wat Arun by downtown Bangkok. To get to Wat Arun you will need to board a ferry to take you across the river. The easiest way to get to one would be to board the Bangkok Transit System (BTS) and get off on the Saphan Taksin ferry stop. From there it is around 25 minutes via boat to Wat Arun with some stops along the way. There will be signs at the dock listing tourist boats but beware that many will try to overcharge. For two individuals you shouldn’t pay more than 100 THB one way. If you choose to board at a different location they may charge upwards of 350 THB per person in locations near the Grand Palace. If you are near there we suggest walking down 10 minutes to the Tha Thien ferry station and pay 4 THB per person instead. Once you arrive you will purchase an entry ticket for 50 THB and if you are not dressed properly they will allow you to rent a sarong for 20 THB with a 100 THB refundable deposit. Generally you should wear long pants and avoid showing open shoulders but they can be lenient at times. Once inside you are free to roam around but there will be security there who will warn you if you are doing something you aren’t supposed to. This is mainly to protect the temple as many people tend to climb on the structures to get a good picture. We highly advise visiting here especially If you are torn between this and the Grand Palace.
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written June 16, 2020
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Sam S
Melbourne, Australia156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Not much to say about this stunning temple except that, boasting gorgeous architecture and lovely river views, it is definitely worth a visit. I arrived by train and on foot - the temple can be reached by an approximately 1.2km walk from Itsaraphap MRT Station, located on the Blue Line. I left by boat, which was incredibly cheap and conveniently dropped me at Wat Pho by the Grand Palace on the opposite side of the river. I recommend visiting around or shortly before sunset, as in my opinion it lends an even more picturesque quality to an already stunning piece of architecture. Make sure you put it on your must-see list!
Written January 22, 2020
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Kaymtravel7
Los Angeles, CA759 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Friends
This is smaller than the temples in and around the Grand Palace, but it is so peaceful and extremely beautiful inside, that I encourage you to visit if you have time. You must cross a river with a ferry / boat to get there, which is very inexpensive, and was not too difficult to find. It is walkable from the Grand Palace, but not right next-door. You must take your shoes off to enter the temple. It was an active, working temple with monks praying and doing things in and around it. We got stuck on the premises during a huge monsoon, and everyone was very gracious to let us wait it out.
Written April 2, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited here after walking for about 20 mins from Kao San area and getting the ferry across, which is cheap.
Entry to Wat Arun is 50 Baht at time of writing, but I think this is going up to 100 Baht during 2020.
It is much quieter than the Grand Palace and it takes around 30 mins to walk around completely.
We did it during the day at around 9:30am.
Architecturally it is absolutely fantastic to see, and some of the paintings of various stones and art work really is brilliant.
I’m sure this place means a lot to some people who we saw praying. We didn’t obviously feel the same appreciation probably because we aren’t religious, however we could certainly appreciate others’ love for Wat Arun.
Tips - bring water as expensive nearby, and wear long pants for both men and women.
Written February 26, 2020
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Wira
Lantau Island, China9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
A Beautiful, serene and oldest Temple complex in Bangkok area.

Take Saphan Taksin BTS station and walk towards the central pier to access the boat service. You can either take the public boat which depends on the time of the year might be a long wait. Cost THB 20 per person or take the private option at THB 100 one way or THB 200 for Hop on Hop off.
Written January 29, 2020
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JayRae1
Glasgow, UK1,599 contributions
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Jul 2020
Wat Arun, is a 'must see' for anyone visiting Bangkok. My wife and I visited as part of an "Introduction to Bangkok" Tour, operated by Exo Travel Thailand. We pre-booked this with our Travel Agent, Trailfinders, prior to leaving the UK and that was worth doing. Our guide picked us up at our hotel and took us around the city, using various modes of transport, and visiting all of the most important sightseeing places. His knowledge of every place visited was invaluable, and saved us having to stop regularly to read up on the history of each place.

Although the central Prang is stunning, and the main feature in Wat Arun, there are other parts worth seeing. such as the main Chapel and the Ordination Hall. Wat Arun is normally visited during daylight hours, it is worth returning at night, if only to take photos when it is lit up. My wife and I were able to do that, as we booked a second tour, also with Exo, that included 'Bangkok by Night' and a riverside dinner. This gave us the chance to take photos in both daylight and nighttime and I will upload photos of both.

This is why going with a knowledgeable guide is such an advantage, as the names and history of each part are explained to you, saving invaluable time if you wish to visit other popular sights on the same day.
Written July 5, 2020
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Fransisca
Jakarta, Indonesia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After you go to The Grand Palace and Wat Pho, ypu must see Wat Arun. Located near The Grand Palace, 10 minutes walk, and take a boat to the other side (price 4 bath).
Wat Arun stands as arguably the most stunning temple in Bangkok because of its riverside location and its dazzling design. Visitors are welcome to climb up to the middle level of the grand pagoda and those that do are rewarded with a beautiful view of the winding Chao Phraya River.
Admission Price 50 bath, cheaper than The Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Wat Arun Ratchawararam meaning Temple of Dawn, the scenery is very beuatifull in sunset, you can enjoy it in Yodpiman River Walk, there are many restaurants that have a direct view to Wat Arun.
Written January 30, 2020
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