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“Steep stairs!”

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
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Ranked #16 of 530 things to do in Bangkok
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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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“Steep stairs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Very steep steps but the view is worth it if you dare to climb! The temple is quite beautiful with all of the mosaic work. The view of the river from the top makes this temple worth seeing

Visited February 2013
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Beautiful example of the Buddhist temple. Memorable to climb above and preview surrounding monastery and have panorama of Bangkok.

Visited February 2013
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“A place not to be missed”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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