Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)
4.5
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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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  • ukiwil1
    175 contributions
    Well worth the visit.
    A lovely wat to visit, often said is best at dawn and sunset due to the light. If you go on a Sunday, it’s the day locals hire formal costumes so they can be photographed, it’s a fun sight and the mood is very good. Best way to get there is down the river from thaksin BTS station . A 5baht ferry takes you across the river to the stop for the palace and wat pho. Great combo.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • nsojer
    Barnet, United Kingdom469 contributions
    Stunning Temple in Bangkok
    This is now my fourth visit to Bangkok but I had never been to Wat Arun which is across the Chao Praya river from the Grand Palace. This Wat is absolutely stunning and well worth the entrance fee. The whole complex is gorgeous. Do not miss out on this gem. Try and visit it at night when it is lit up and take a ferry across the river to reach it
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • BTS1972
    Munich, Germany3,478 contributions
    Different than most other temples
    Wat Arun with its' giant stupa is somehow special among the major temples. While many have smaller secondary stupas, Wat Arun is an assortment of them with a major one in the middle. It has been renovated with a lot dirt removed. Therefore, the small mirror plates cemented around the stupas as well as the figurines look brighter than before. It best accessible with a longtail or express boat tour as it has its' own pier. And it looks superb at night when spotlighted. Great temple.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Poppy W
    London, United Kingdom40 contributions
    Really beautiful! Make sure you cover up!
    Really great visit! Make sure you wear your shoulders covered, I had to wear a scarf provided at entry as my shoulders were out, some temples are okay with it but not here! They give you a free water when you enter and it’s 100 bhat to get in
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2023
  • babystepper
    Big Flats, New York332 contributions
    Great window into Thai culture
    Wow, there is a reason this is one of the top attractions in Bangkok! Lots to see, not a whole bunch of interpretive signs but more than most temples. Highly recommend visiting in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds, it was worth it to climb the steps halfway up the Wat for the views and the up-close look at the pottery decorations. Conveniently located hop-on/hop-off boat stops right on the grounds, and a ferry stop to Wat Pho is just outside the gates.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Anbazhagan
    Pondicherry, India2 contributions
    Wat Arun
    Cool place. I am very glad that Thailand has such a respectful attitude towards its rich culture. The entire territory of the temple looks very beautiful and well-kept. The skill and imagination of the sculptors amazes me. The entrance ticket costs 100 baht, and also at the entrance, all visitors are given a bottle of water along with the ticket. You can also get to the other side of the river by boat for just 5 baht. I recommend to try to see the beauty of the temple when you cross the river by boat.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2023
  • chris c
    Oldham, United Kingdom190 contributions
    Beautiful Temple
    Wat Arun will always have a special place with us, Our son was lucky enough to be blessed by a monk here. The main temple is stunning and you wouldn't believe the position and surrounding once you are inside. Be prepared to take your shoes off and watch out for pick pockets.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 April 2023
  • jwhartmann
    Zoetermeer, The Netherlands343 contributions
    Wat Arun, a must see attraction in Bangkok.
    Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is a stunning Buddhist temple located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. The temple's iconic spires, decorated with colorful mosaic tiles and seashells, make it one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. The temple is named after the Hindu god Aruna, who is often depicted as riding a chariot pulled by seven horses. The temple's central prang, or spire, is designed to represent Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. Visitors can climb the steep steps of the central spire for a stunning view of the surrounding area. The best time to visit Wat Arun is early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the light reflects off the temple's tiles and creates a magical, shimmering effect. The temple is easily accessible by boat or bus, and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Bangkok.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • luv4phood
    Marietta, Georgia835 contributions
    Spectacular during the day and night
    Wat Arun is really stunning. During the day, it is a popular spot for young women to dress in traditional costume and be photographed around the temple. At night, the tiny mirrors inlaid all around the temple create a spectacular view on the Bangkok riverfront.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • cart159
    York, United Kingdom20 contributions
    Wat Arun a beautiful stop on the river.
    We arrived by hop-on hop-off boat on the river to one of their piers. Entrance was 100 Bahts cash each and included a small bottle of water which was welcomed. We had a walk around the beautiful site and loved the decorated buildings. We climbed some steps up one of the temples which were extremely steep and without handles which were not for the faint hearted! We attended on a Sunday and there were lots of young locals here who were dressed in beautiful costumes for photo opportunites. We had to wait in a long queue for the local water taxi to cross the river to leave the site and to go to Wat Pho.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
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2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a good temple. This is a must visit.
Go when it's not too hot either in the morning or in the evening. They even give you some water to keep you hydrated.
Written 20 February 2024
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA895 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Wow, Wat Arun is one place I will never forget, it is that beautiful. Cheap too, only 100 Baht ($3). You can use the hop on hop off boats to get across the river to it, or a Grab driver can get you there no problem.

The temple has the same sort of amazing architecture as many of the buildings at the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Chetuphon (2 other Bangkok favorites). The textures and colors were spectacular. Plus, you get to climb this one! Not all the way up, the narrow steps to single towers are off limits. But you get to climb the lower levels and explore. Plus, many Thai people put on traditional Thai dress for photos, so you get to see some gorgeous clothing too. (There is a little shop by the entrance that rents it.)

At night the temple glows golden, one of the most eye catching and beautiful things on the river. Stunning. Don't miss this remarkable place!
Written 18 February 2024
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Amandus A
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Feb 2024 • Family
Wat Arun is the most remarkable ancient temple in Thailand to me. The sophistication of decorations and the intricate structure of the main building bring all the visitors in awe. I would strongly recommend tourists to pay a visit on a sunny day as the blue sky forms fantastic contrast with the white porcelains on the stupa.
Written 17 February 2024
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belfastim
belfast345 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Unbelievable piece of art. For me seeing this at night was exceptional as it was lit up. Would recommend a visit. Do it at night!
Written 17 February 2024
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ΘΕΜΗΣ Κ
Volos, Greece113 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
WAT ARUN IS A BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN THE BANGKOK. IT IS SITUATED ON THONBURI ON THE WEST BANK OF THE CHAO PHRAYA RIVER. THE TEMPLE DERIVES ITS NAME FROM THE HINDU GOD ARUNA OFTEN PERSONIFIED AS THE RADIATIONS OF THE RISING SUN.
Written 14 February 2024
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Gu L
Pittsburgh, PA10 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, is a temple that you should not miss. However, I am giving it only a three-star.

Pros:
Wat Arun boasts a striking and iconic structure, best appreciated from the boat as you cross the river. The temple's exterior is adorned with vibrant porcelain tiles and seashells, forming a captivating mosaic that glimmers in the sunlight. The central prang (tower), surrounded by four smaller prangs, stands tall and invites visitors to climb its steep stairs for panoramic views of the river and city.
After you purchased a ticket, they stamp your wrist and give you a complimentary bottle of water, a thoughtful touch that sets Wat Arun apart from other famous sites in Bangkok..
You can also borrow traditional Thai clothes and even hire a professional photographer to help you get the best pics once in Wat Arun.

Cons:
This site is pretty small and it becomes way too crowded once most of the visitors have photographers taking photos for them. It is difficult to enjoy the place if you are constantly reminded by others “not to block the photographer”.
One improvement could be providing more detailed explanations about the temple beyond its physical structure. This would enhance visitors' understanding of the historical and cultural significance of the site.

For those who are not going to hire a photographer, 30-35 minutes may suffice to explore Wat Arun. Despite the drawbacks, the temple's stunning architecture, the unique mosaic, and the opportunity for panoramic views make it a worthwhile visit. Consider visiting during less crowded times to fully appreciate its beauty and historical value.
Written 1 February 2024
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jmcanning
York, UK148 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The last 2 times we've visited Bangkok we were not able to visit Wat Arun as it was being restored. Today we did visit and now wonder why we bothered. Gone are the days of being poked in the eye by a selfie-stick - now you just get hit with paper parasols and 'tutted' at by people in mock-Thai costumes being photographed on all of the steep steps, walkways and arches. Interesting double-standards - on entry women with bare arms, shoulders or knees are still expected to pay to rent a shawl or sarong, but the dozens (and I mean DOZENS) of people playing fancy-dress were allowed to walk through the temple grounds with bare shoulders. Many parts of the temple itself, despite being 'under restoration' for the last couple of years now look like something produced by a badly run mosaic class. As other reviewers have said - better seen from a distance. There are many, many other beautiful temples closeby which I would recommend you visit.
Written 31 January 2024
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan163 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
This temple is incredibly beautiful and well preserved. Its structure is amazing. Prangs and the shrine are intricate and well decorated. The view is spectacular!
Written 31 January 2024
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Davidjellis
Lowestoft, UK8,809 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I visited Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) as part of a cruise ship excursion visiting the top sights in Bangkok. I really enjoyed my stop here. We had about an hour which was enough time to admire the beautiful temple spires that make up this religious site, which apparently is the most photographed of all the temples in the city.

The temple is located right alongside the river and we arrived there by boat. A ferry runs between Wat Arun and the Wat Pho complex the opposite side of the river. It was very busy there but that didn't distract from the beauty of the site, and it was curious to watch all the locals in their finest dress and wedding outfits posing with their parasols for photos. Not sure if that happens every day or just because we were visiting on a Sunday but it was fascinating to see.

If you want to shop, there is a local market that runs along one side of the site with very affordable gifts, magnets, etc. Wat Arun was one of the highlights of my visit to Bangkok.
Written 29 January 2024
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DMVEAL
Liskeard, UK839 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I think like a lot of monuments they look better when admired at a distance. It’s crowded and popular and so I I think the best option is a Quick Look round but see from the river at night. I did like it though. It’s worth a visit undoubtedly and a great as t place.
Written 29 January 2024
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