Located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun – the Temple of Dawn – is one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. Its outstanding feature is a massive prang (Khmer-style tower) that is about a hundred-metre high.
It is decorated with thousands of bits of porcelain that were used as ballast on ships trading between Siam and China. It is possible to go up the tower for a nice view of the river and nearby buildings, but the climb is extremely steep and may discourage some visitors. The surrounding grounds are pleasant with attractive murals and fierce mythical guardians.
The Temple of Dawn is open daily from 8.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. and entrance is 20 Baht. A donation is also sometimes requested. Going there from your Bangkok hotel is as easy as with the other temples.
Address: Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), 158 Wang Doem Road, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thaïlande