Wat Arun Temple Bangkok: the Most Popular Temple in Thailand

Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok is one of the most popular temples in Thailand. The beauty of the temple has been well-known globally for the pictures are commonly printed on postcards.

The most popular part of the temple is huge over 80 meters prang in Khmer architectural style built on the river bank of Chao Phraya. It is known widely as the Temple of Dawn; the only first-class royal temple.

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home”

  -Matsuo Basho

Wat Arun Temple of Dawn History

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Wat Arun Temple is the oldest temple in Bangkok. Built in the Rattanakosin era in 1782, the prong on the Chao Phraya riverbank becomes one of the wonderful sights until nowadays.

After Burmese destroyed the former Ayutthaya capital in 1767, the new capital named Thonburi was built by King Taksin on the west river bank.

See: Experience the Uniqueness of Chao Phraya River

What to Do in Wat Arun Temple

The most interesting feature is the huge prang. It is decorated with millions of colorful Chinese porcelain in small pieces.

Climb the stairway in the Prang to reach the terrace that gives beautiful river views. Inside Wat Arun Temple also houses many features to explore such as the ordination hall, four pavilions around the Prang, and cloister that feature Buddha images and the former kings of the kingdom.

How to Go There


Located on the Chao Phraya’swest river bank, the Temple of Dawn Wat Arun is in the opposite place of Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple.

Visitors can reach the temple by boat as the best transport. The express boat to choose should stop at the Grand Palace’s Tha Tien Pier.

From the east river bank, take the Tha Tien express boat to cross the river. The short ride gives many beautiful views to take some pictures, especially the huge prang of Wat Arun.

Entrance Fee

The Wat Arun Temple Bangkok opens every day from 8 am to 5.30 pm. The Ticket is 50 baht per person.

Choosing tour package will also be a great choice since you can save money and time to enjoy all of the interesting spots around the temple.

The full day tour package to the Rattanakosin oldest temple costs start from 710 baht. It is including the entrance fee, guide, transfers and also lunch.

If you want to go there, don’t forget to use promo from Airpaz to adjust your traveling budget. You can fly with Nokair to Bangkok.

Now traveling is easy. Happy Traveling


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