For a traveller in Thailand, Bangkok is a unique and interesting place to visit since it provides a hybrid experience of culture and heritage as well as modernity. One such attraction in the city that captures the cultural heritage of Thailand is the Wat Arun Temple. It is always helpful to find centrally located Bangkok serviced apartments from which to visit this attraction and an ideal option would be Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok. Providing Sukumvit accommodation in the heart of Bangkok’s business district, it comes complete with all the modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun also has the distinction of being one of the country’s well known places of worship and for a tourist it is truly a sight to behold. If you wish to visit this temple, ensure that you do so in order to witness the break of dawn for the first glimmers of sunlight makes the temple sparkle.
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this shrine is believed to have existed since the Ayutthaya Kingdom and enshrined the image of the Emerald Buddha prior to it being relocated to Wat Phra Kaew. Subsequent to the end of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, during King Taksin’s reign, he is believed to have taken a vow to restore the Wat Arun Temple and as a result, the shrine was found within the royal grounds. However, during a subsequent reign, the royal palace was moved and the temple fell into disrepair only to be restored and improved upon by King Rama ll.
A distinctive feature is its spires known as prang which were made with porcelain and surrounded by four other spires which are decorated with seashells and porcelain as well. This feature is said to have been incorporated into the temple by King Rama ll and it is also interesting to note that the Buddha statute that can be seen at the temple was also moulded by the king himself.
A visit to this place of worship is an easy affair as it is conveniently accessible through public transport and the entrance fee is around 50 baht. Therefore, whether you head to the city for business or pleasure, a visit to the Wat Arun Temple is sure to provide you with the peaceful tranquillity you crave.