Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Standing proudly along the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River, the Wat Arun rises majestically to the sky and is a “must visit” site in Bangkok that offers key cultural insights.

Commonly known as the Temple of Dawn, the splendid Wat Arun is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent temples in Bangkok. This stunning structure was constructed in the17th century and was named Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan; featuring a resplendent Khmer style tower that is around 82-metres in height, this sacred site once housed the famed Emerald Buddha as well.

Located across from the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun is a truly amazing sight to behold not only at dawn but during sunset in particular. Due to its riverside location, taking a cruise on the Chao Phraya River is an ideal way in which to capture the site’s beauty, especially as night falls, when it is lit up and shines like a beacon on the “River of Kings”. At the top of the main tower, you are greeted with some wonderful vistas of the surrounding landscape be it the river, Wat

Pho or the Grand Palace.

getting here
  • By Car 8.6 km (22 minutes)
  • By Foot 6.3 km (1 hout 19 minutes)
  • Opening hours
    08:30am to 05:30pm
  • Address
    158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
  • Admission Fee
    50 baht