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Bangkok, is a city that never sleeps nearby canals and Chao Phraya River give a constant activity, streets as Sukhumvit or Silom always crowded, street shops and restaurants. Here you will find a bangkok guide, of the different city, shops, restaurants, hotels that offer their terraces brunch, secret corners (not only exists Grand Palace to visit!). Come spend a ONEDAY us to the city of angels. For sure it will surprise you.
Wat Arun Bangkok

see the most spectacular views from the eastern part of the river

The Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn is located in Bangkok, particularly in the Bangkok Yai district. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river its full name is Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahavihara.
Called Temple of Dawn after Aruna, the hindu god of dawn, the first light of morning is reflected on its surface making it shine, but strangely, is in the sunset when it reaches its maximum brightness, and we can see the most spectacular views from the eastern part of the river.

It was built in the days when Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam in the seventeenth century and its first name was Wat Makok. It changed its name several times during different reigns and went through several expansions, in fact, features towers dating from the nineteenth century. It was King Rama IV who gave its current name.

The first thing that strikes the temple is its central Khmer style “prang” (tower) a reminiscent of the temples of Cambodia. You can climb it for a few steep steps up to two terraces of about 67 and 86 meters each. In Hindu cosmology this tower symbolizes Mount Meru, mythical place for Buddhists, which embodies the center of the universe and the unification of the mind.
In every corner of the temple there are four smaller “prangs” representing the cardinal points.
Crowning the main “prang” there is a seven-pointed trident, which they say it symbolizes the trident of Shiva, above the second terrace there are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan and at the base of the four towers we find Chinese figures of soldiers and animals, and above them Phra Phai statues, god of wind.
The temple is decorated with seashells and bits of porcelain formerly used as ballast by boats coming from China.
The complex also has six Chinese-style pavilions made of green granite and bridges for the landing. Next to the towers is the Ordination Hall where we find the image of Buddha Niramitr, which is believed it was modeled by Rama II whose ashes are at the base of the image

400m from Wat Pho, crossing to the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Visiting hours:
From 8:30 am to 17:30 pm.

50 bath for tourists, free for Thais.

Taxi or Tuk-tuk to Arun Amarin Road
Boat from Tha Tien to cross to the other side.
Buses that stop near Tha Tien 1, 25, 44, 47, 62 and 91.

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