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A famous landmark in Bangkok, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, consists of a giant elongated Khmer-style tower (prang). Classified as a Royal temple of principle class, Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Constructed back in the prosperous days of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand, the temple is encircled by four satellite prangs which are delicately decorated by seashells and porcelain bits.
The central prang represents the Mount Meru of the Indian cosmology whilst the rest of the remaining prangs is dedicated to the wind god of Phra Phai. Various sculptures of animals and ancient soldiers surround the main prang. Within the peaceful grounds of Wat Arun stand structures of mythical guardians and murals. A presiding Buddha image, believed to be moulded by King Rama II is also located in the Ordination Hall of the temple. Six pavilions of Chinese style made of granite and contain landing bridges stand at the riverside.
The fine craftsmanship and the beauty of the architecture confirm its status as a first grade temple and one of the most exceptional temples in the region. Although Wat Arun is known as the Temple of the Dawn, it is during sunset that the temple looks most captivating. A number of coffee shops and restaurants located across the river act as ideal viewpoints.
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