Wat Arun Temple

On the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, one temple stands out as one of the icons of Bangkok’s skyline. Wat Arun, named after the Indian god of Dawn, consists of 80-meter-high Khmer-style prangs, ingeniously decorated with bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China, a hallmark of the reign of King Rama III.

The temple ground itself is peaceful, with beautiful murals. Wat Arun is one of the most photographed landmarks of Bangkok, and the highlight of every river cruise.

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