Our #Thialand #Bangkok Trip (Part 3 #WatArun)
After visit the Siriraj Museum, we take a boat ride across the river forward to the west bank of Chao Phraya River and go to Wat Arun. Under the Bangkok sky, Wat Arun, one of the famous temples which is not only the temple located just beside on the riverside of the Chao Phraya River and its also one of the different design and structure with the other temples in the Bangkok.
The most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset 🌄 🌄🌄as Wat Arun’s colorfully decorated spires sparkle radiantly over the water. Because of this, Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand. Although it’s a beautiful mark for looking a distance of the Wat Arun but it also not forget to close up for view the beauty of the architecture.
Before the boat arrived the pier, in front our eye is massive and majestic of the temple. This also known as the Temple of the Dawn, names is coming from Aruna, the Indian god of the dawn. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, King Rama II restored the temple to its former glory and changed its name to Wat Arun Rachatharam. It has been the Royal Temple special to the 2nd reign of Chakkri Dynasty.
Wat Arun is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the elegant grand pagoda which is surrounded by four smaller pagodas. A regal structure with a gilded roof protects an ornately carved footprint of the Lord Buddha mounted on a sculpted porcelain pedestal. There are two demons, or temple guardian figures, in front. With their temple guardian images facing in four directions it made the grand pagoda in their middle reinforces the temple’s symbolism.
The 79 meter high tower is decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi colored porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. This is interpreted as a stupa-like pagoda encrusted with coloured faience. The colourful of the porcelain and shells, forming a lot of flower patterns perfectly fills everywhere of the nook, cranny, and wall, a total of about a million. The statuary is also replete with porcelain adornment. The grand pagoda have narrow and very steep stairs for climb up to view of the Chao Phraya river. When we tour, this section is closed, we think its for safety.
We walk in solemn temple and appreciate of the elaborate and beautiful of structural. Because of the meticulous craftsmanship and innumerable delicately with intricate patterns, It’s not surprising that Wat Arun is one of the most distinguishing feature in Thailand.
The History of Wat Arun (Take from Wikipedia)
A Buddhist temple had existed at the site of Wat Arun since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was then known as Wat Makok, after the village of Bang Makok in which it was situated. (Makok is the Thai name for the Spondias pinnata plant.) According to the historian Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the temple was shown in French maps during the reign of King Narai (1656–1688). The temple was renamed Wat Chaeng by King Taksin when he established his new capital of Thonburi near the temple, following the fall of Ayutthaya. It is believed that Taksin vowed to restore the temple after passing it at dawn. The temple enshrined the Emerald Buddha image before it was transferred to Wat Phra Kaew on the river’s eastern bank in 1785. The temple was located in grounds of the royal palace during Taksin’s reign, before his successor, Rama I, moved the palace to the other side of the river. It was abandoned for a long period of time, until the reign of King Rama II (1809–1824), who had the temple restored and the main pagoda raised to 70 m. The work was finished during the reign of King Rama III (1824–1851).
The temple underwent major restorations during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V, 1868–1910) and in 1980, prior to the bicentenary celebration of Bangkok’s foundation. The most extensive restoration work on the prang was undertaken from 2013 to 2017, during which a substantial number of broken tiles were replaced and lime plaster was used to re-finish many of the surfaces (replacing the cement used during earlier restorations). As the work neared its end in 2017, photographs of the results drew some criticism for the temple’s new appearance, which seemed white-washed compared to its previous state. The Fine Arts Department defended the work, stating that it was carefully done to reflect the temple’s original appearance.
NOTE: While visiting of Wat Arun, please dressing appropriately, do not climb the rail, do not dangle any doll and do not drop cigarette and waste on the door.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Opening Hour🕐🕐🕐: 08.30 – 18.00 (Daily)
Entry Fee💲💲💲: 50 Bath
How To Go
You can take the BTS Railway and get out on Saphan Taksin Station🚊🚊🚊. Take to the Exit 2 and walk to the Taksin Pier take the Chao Phraya Express Boat 🚤🚤🚤to Tha Thien Pier (No8) Pier. You also can same as us from Prannok Pier (No10) Pier catch the boat disembark just across the river at the Tha Thien Pier (No8) Pier