In this article, I’m going to focus on one of the many great temples you can find in Bangkok. As mentioned there are many temples that we will cover individually as we think they definitely deserve a page each. So here is a write up about the Wat Arun temple located in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok.
A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT WAT ARUN
The Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple and has existed since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Following the fall of this kingdom, it fell into decline and became quite unused. It wasn’t until a King named Taskin vowed to restore it did it see use again. Over the past few hundred years, it has been renamed, restored frankly altered in many ways, the last restoration of this great temple took place in 2017. Many individuals think that the new design of the temple isn’t as well done and is described by critics as being white-washed compared to the original architecture that it possessed. However, the temple is still in use and has many monks and tourists that regularly live and view this absolutely gorgeous temple.
The main feature which can be seen for miles is the central prang which is encrusted with a perfect colourful porcelain, the height of this magnificent piece is between 219 to 182 Ft and is quite viewable from miles away, which of course is a big attraction to many tourists. You’ll find that there are many different animals and figures embedded on the base of this temple. These are part of Buddhist iconography and is quite a colourfully exceptional addition to this absolutely wonderful temple. In the hall of this temple, you will find a roof with a central spire which is decorated with ceramic and stuccowork sheeted in coloured fine china. You will also notice the two temple guardians which to westerners are usually depicted as demons, however, Taiwanese folklore would describe them as guardians.
Wat Arun is a must see temple in Bangkok and if you’re thinking of visiting then there are a couple of things you might want to know! Entry to the temple itself is 100 baht and is open on a daily basis from around 08:30 to 17:30 so you’ll have plenty of time to get in and take a long look around if you’re with friends or family. If you’re travelling then we would suggest that you take a riverboat, the easiest and cheapest way to get there is from Saphan Taskin boat pier, we suggest this because if you’re a little short on cash this only costs 3 baht and is one of the easiest ways to get here. Make sure you head a bit early though as sometimes it can get quite crowded during the afternoon as tourists flood the temple in about the early afternoon.
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