Wat Arun in Bangkok Experience
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Wat Arun, also well-known as Temple of Dawn. The temple stood majestically at the opposite side of both Grand Palace and Wat Pho, its khmer-style central tower soaring high to the sky as a representation of Mount Meru the dwelling of Gods.
Absorb the Mythical and Serene Atmosphere of Wat Arun
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or also known as Wat Phra Kaew is the most interesting attraction inside the Grand Palace. The temple housed a 2000 years-old small Buddha statue made of beautiful jade stone crafted by India sculptors. The highly-revered statue is always wearing a robe that are changed by the Thai King himself marking the beginning of new season. If you look around the wall, you'll noticed artsy mural paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha. There are also paintings depicting scenes of Ramakien, or the Indian version of Ramayana. They are beautiful even the atmosphere in the temple is so serene and solemn. Sadly, you are not allowed to get a closer look to the Buddha statue. Only the Thai King is allowed to do so. You are free to take some photos, though some areas might be restricted.
Overlooking the beautiful palace garden is Boromabiman Hall, a spacious grand hall where you'll be entertained with frescos of Four Indian Gods believed as guardians of the universe: Indra, Yahuma, Varuna and Agni. Beneath them are plaques of ten royal virtues: liberality, propriety, readiness to sacrifice oneself, clemency, modesty, conscientiousness, freedom from anger, freedom from suspicioun, and right-dealing. The grand hall used to be a venue for the King's annual garden party, it also witnessed the growth of great Thai kings.
If by any chance you missed the chance to visit Angkor Wat, at least you'll still be able to enjoy its twin here at Grand Palace. The stone temple is impressive in its own way, especially with its intricate details. Additionally, one interesting fact about the stone wat is, this stone Angkor Wat was constructed during Rama IV's reign when Cambodia was the vassal state of Siam.
Phrasat Phra Debidorn is also recognized as the Pantheon of Thailand. 8 life-size statues of first eight kings of the Chakri Dynasty resides inside the temple. While the fact alone is enough to pique your interest, general public is only allowed to enter inside the temple on 6th April to celebrate Chakri Day. That means, you only have one-day chance to see these intriguing king statues.
If you want to see one of Thailand's most precious treasure, head to Phra Viharn Yot. It is where a stone that served as a throne for the 13th founder of Thailand (Ramkhamhaeng) is kept. The stone was brought to Thailand by Rama IV during his journey of a wandering monk.
Phra Mondhop is another building in the Grand Palace complex that will awe you with its aesthetic. The temple walls are covered with colorful tiny glass mosaics giving the building its intricate motifs and details. Guarded by two demons, the building contain Buddhist's sacred scriptures of 'Tripitaka' or Triple Baskets in English. The scriptures is kept on a black lacquered bookcase. And if you managed to pass the fierceful gold demons, you'll be amazed with Phra Mondhop's floor made of pure silver.
How to Get Tickets?
All Thais can enter Wat Arun for free. However, the same rule doesn't apply for tourists. You should pay 50 baht for admission fee.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Wat Arun complex can be done by walking on foot. You can also reach other major attractions in Bangkok from Wat Arun quite easily. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho are located just across the river. All you need to do is hop into a ferry boat and you'll be there in no time.
What Should I Wear?
Wat Arun is considered as a pilgrimage site for Thai buddhists, so wear more conservative and polite clothes while visiting the temples.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Wat Arun is obviously in the afternoon few hours before the sunset. Make sure you have enough time and in no hurry while climbing on top of the prang to view the most awe-stunning sunset ever. The weather will be much cooler too during the time. Visiting Wat Arun during the night is also recommendable, the wat complex will be bathe in colorful lights. The view becomes much more spectacular when you're taking a boat ride along the river where you can see the whole wats glittering with lights.
Will I Need a Guide?
While you can find most informations regarding Wat Arun in this website, viewing the actual buildings while listen to your guide's explanation will give much more impact and admiration for the temples.
How To Get There?
To get into Wat Arun you can take Sky Train to S6 Saphan Taksin Station in Silom Line. Once you get off, take the Exit 2 Gate and take a Chao Phraya Express ferry boat to Tien Pier (N8) which will take you across the river to the temple.