- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Wat Arun, meaning "Temple of the Dawn," is named for the Hindu god Aruna, God of Dawn. And fittingly, this 260-foot temple is glorious to behold at dawn or sunset. The temple is covered from top to bottom with mosaics, pieced together by Chinese porcelain. To experience it, visitors can pay a small admission price to climb inside the temple's central prang, but keep in mind that the steps are steep and the stairway is very narrow.
Many visitors, like this TripAdvisor user, rave about Wat Arun, saying it's Bangkok's most jaw-dropping temple: "Even getting there by boat across the river was a beautiful journey! It's worth it to make the extra effort to go there at dawn."
If you want to climb the temple's steep steps, you'll be charged 50 THB ($1.60 USD). You'll find it along the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, right across from the Tha Thien Pier and is accessible by riverboat. It's open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the website.