Wat Arun is also called the Temple of Dawn. It is dedicated to the Hindu god of the dawn, the god Aruna. The height of the Prang, the central pagoda of the temple, built in the Cameri style, is 79 meters. It is decorated with ceramic pieces and white marble.
The temple was built on the western bank of the Chao Phraya river that divides Bangkok. On the other side of the river, right across from Wat Arun is Wat Po and the King's palace. Try and find a good viewpoint from the eastern bank of the river, and stay for the sunset to get one of the most romantic and impressive views in Bangkok.
This is an impressive Temple, it is special and had become a main symbol of the city, known all over the world, more so than the King's palace. Next to the temple of the Laying Buddha, and the Emerald Temple, it is considered a part of a triangle of holiness in Bangkok.
The central Prang height of the temple is 79 meters. This prominent pagoda is decorated with porcelain tiles and colorful fragments of Chinese porcelain. This Prang symbolizes "Mount Marrow," the mythological mountain that appears in Indian cosmology. Its two terraces lead to a steep, exteriors that allow you to ascend and overlook the river area.
Around the high Prang are the four smaller, smaller Prangs. They are dedicated to the spirit god "Cow Pai." These Prang decorations are made of shells and porcelain pieces that were once a counterweight of ships that arrived in Bangkok from China.
The Prangs are surrounded by figures of Chinese soldiers and ancient animals. Notice the demons, the green and the white on the entrance. The white demon is called "sahasatjeh" and the green is "tasakanat." Both are taken from the Ramayana, the mythical epic that is written as a song, describing the deeds of God and King Rama. Incidentally, the first version of this epic is considered to be the earliest poetry composed and heard in the world.
On the other balcony, you can see the four statues of Hindu god Indra, riding on Arawan, the elephant from mythology.
Above the roof at the front of the Accreditation Hall next to the Prangs, you will see a pointed turret decorated with colored ceramics with plaster elements that are also floating. In front of the building are two statues of demons guarding it. Within the hall itself you will be able to see the image of the Buddha Narrator. Tradition tells us that this statue was designed by King Rama II.
The six Prangs, the stylish pavilions by the river, were built in Chinese style, made of green granite stone.
When Thonburi was the capital of Thailand, King Taskin changed the name of the temple to Wat Chang. For a while, there was an emerald Buddha statue, the one that in 1784 was moved to Phra Kaew.
In the 19th century, the temple was renamed again by King Rama II, who also enlarged the central Prang and restored the Temple. King Rama III and his successor, Rama IV, who also gave the temple its present name, continued with the work.
As a part of the canal tours of the channels behind Wat Arun, or at a stop on a longtail boat ride, you can go from the Tha Tien Pier.
A boat ride costs 3 Baht, and entrance into the temple is 30 Baht.
The temple is open daily between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Try getting to the temple are sunset, and enjoy the beautiful Bangkok view.
Don't listen to taxi drivers who tell you the temple is closed, they are trying to drive you somewhere else.