One of the most amazing sights in Bangkok would be the Temple of Dawn that lies by the Chao Phraya River. This treasure has a golden glow to it and is visited by hundreds of people from locals to tourists each day. Here are a few facts on this sacred place.
The temple was constructed back in a period known as the Ayutthaya era and became famous after General Taksin discovered it. The General who later became king came across the temple at dawn when he was on his way with his fleet to battle the Burmese who were invading.
The Emerald Buddha
The Temple of Dawn called Wat Arun in the local language was once the shelter of the famous Emerald Buddha statue. Once the sculpture arrived in the capital of Thailand at the time, it was housed in Wat Arun for about 5 years. It was later moved by King Rama I to wat Phra Kaew.
The towers that are seen in the middle and on the sides are called ‘prangs’. The middle prang is a staggering 82 metres tall today. Construction on this began during the reign of King Rama II, however, he was unable to see it through before death. King Rama II continued work on the structure to make it what it looks like today.
The temple is certainly not hard to find in Bangkok today with its brilliant structure bathed in a golden glow across the Chao Phraya River. Just a 20-minute drive away from Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, you can inquire with your hotel in riverside Bangkok about transport for getting here.