Nestled on the west bank of the scenic Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun contrasts noticeably with the other religious venues of the region. It is indeed an alluring attraction that you simply must-visit during your stay at a Bangkok service apartment near BTS.
Also known as Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun can be found right opposite Wat Pho. Plus, it’s just 15 kilometres away from Somerset Rama 9 Bangkok.
King Taksin envisioned Wat Arun in 1768, and he was the one who renovated the temple and renamed it Wat Chaeng. The central prang was extended under the commission of King Rama III. He also added the decorations, which resulted in its glistening effect.
The delicate architecture and fine craftsmanship of Wat Arun have won the attention of many tourists from near and far. Its spire (prang) is beautifully adorned with seashells and bits of porcelain.
Visiting Wat Arun
Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun is best visited during sunset, when the surroundings appear absolutely stunning in the warm glow of the setting sky.