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Wat Arun

Bangkok offers visitors a host of activities to do while on holiday. Catering to travellers from all walks of life, Bangkok is a thriving metropolis that is a pleasure to explore. Find temples, greenery, amusement parks, museums, mega malls, nightclubs, spas and plenty more when visiting this Asian marvel. The people are friendly, the weather is fine most of the year round and the list of the pleasures one can expect to experience is endless.

Translated from Thai to mean ‘Temple of Dawn’, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s major cultural attractions that is worthwhile to explore. Majestically seated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the temple’s architecture is Khmer. Despite its name, the Wat Arun is most spectacular when viewed from afar at sunset and at night.

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple that has its origins stemming from the 18th century. The most mesmerising aspect of the temple is the prang or pagoda which reaches a height of 80 metres. Said to depict Mount Meru, which is believed to be the home of the gods, visitors to the temple can climb this structure by a number of steep steps. Upon climbing the prang, visitors will arrive at two terraces which offer spectacular views of the city and river. The details of the Wat Arun are highlighted by pieces of porcelain and glazed ceramic tiles.

A hallmark of the reign of King Rama III, the temple also holds two pavilions on either side of the main pagoda detailing the life and death of Lord Buddha. The main tower of the temple is flanked by four smaller ones that are dedicated to the god of wind, Phra Phai. Whilst at the entrance to the temple, visitors will find the dedicated guardians, Sahassateja in white, and Tasakanth in green. These guardian statues are from the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Wat Arun is an icon of Thailand and remains as a reminder of its bygone era. Visit this amazing attraction of Bangkok and gain a deeper understanding of Thai religion and culture from the convenient location of Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok, a popular serviced residence in Bangkok.