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Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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4,663 Reviews
8am–5:30pm
158 Wang Doem Road, Bangkok

The Basics

Named for the Hindu god Aruna who is said to emulate the rising sun, this Buddhist temple was built in the era of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, an ancient Siamese city-state. It’s now one of Thailand’s top landmarks, attracting visitors who come to wander the complex and its interior and those who clamber up the steep steps to enjoy unparalleled vistas of Bangkok’s skyline and the winding Chao Phraya River.

With its location on the river’s western bank, Wat Arun is best enjoyed from a canal cruise. Opt for a half-day longtail boat tour to see the temple along with top Bangkok attractions such as Chinatown, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). To see Temple of the Dawn lit up with the sunset’s golden glow, choose a dinner cruise; to view the temple from land, join a bike or tuk-tuk tour of the city.

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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun
Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun
$110.81 per adult
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This tour was fantastic the canal...
This tour was fantastic the canal trip was great our guide was very knowledgeable, about bangkok and the palace. A must if it is your first time in Bangkok
Ken P, May 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

star-5
Great
Yusra_S, Mar 2020
Small-Group Bangkok Temples Tour at Wat Arun, Wat Phoa and Wat Saket
Nicki was so nice and has sooo much knowledge, it was just me and her on this tour. Saw some lovely sights, a short trip that fit in perfectly with my day. Once again nicki was brill
star-5
Bangkok ancient city tour
Paul_B, Mar 2020
Amazing Bangkok Tour Including Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun
We had an excellent morning with our guide Deev , who was very impressive with her knowledge of the sites we visited , picked up on time and returned to our hotel in a nice air conditioned van , if you are after value for money book this excursion
star-5
A great tour guide!
marjaveskimets, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat
Everything was well organized and put together. The guide kas very interested and knowledgeable in the topic and had an answer to all our questions. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours over the given time. It was said that drinking water was included, but it wasn't and sitting in a boat during a hot day and not getting any water got a little exhausting.
star-5
Excellent temple tour!!
dsharon, Feb 2020
Small-Group Bangkok Temples Tour at Wat Arun, Wat Phoa and Wat Saket
A lovely tour that I highly recommend. Rose, the tour guide was excellent. I was the only one in the tour that day and Rose provided ample information and shared a lovely conversation about topics that interested me. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Excellent choice.
Ross M, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Half-day Grand Palace and Wat Arun by Boat
Intelligent tour guide with deep historical knowledge. Well spoken English, genuine and thoughtful ambassador of Buddhism and Thailand. I thoroughly recommend this particular tour, for these sights.
star-5
Great Tour for layover in Bangkok
Sophie G, Jan 2020
Small-Group Bangkok Temples Tour at Wat Arun, Wat Phoa and Wat Saket
Our small group tour turned into a private tour as my husband & I were the only people booked on the tour, so we were very happy! Due to this the tour company was able to customise our start time to our schedule. Our tour guide Nancy was great! She had good local knowledge, was easy going & had a good sense of humour. Overall great option for a layover in Bangkok.
star-5
Great Tour
Expedition825964, Jan 2020
Small-Group Bangkok Temples Tour at Wat Arun, Wat Phoa and Wat Saket
Great tour and the tour guide was knowledge. The tour guide was accomdating and try his best to make everyone feel comfortable.
star-5
Good experaince
Excursion14991630857, Dec 2019
Small-Group Bangkok Temples Tour at Wat Arun, Wat Phoa and Wat Saket
Great Trip comunication about pickup was good, the guide was very informative about the temples and also about Thai history. Guide also took Great photos as well

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wat Arun is an important place of worship, so be sure to dress appropriately for your visit. Modest clothing (covered shoulders and long pants or a skirt) is a must. Cover-ups can be rented near the temple’s entrance.

  • Entering the complex requires a small fee.

  • Remember to bring sun protection and comfortable shoes for scaling the steps.

  • Be prepared to wait your turn to climb the central spire (prang) and make way for visitors heading back down. The experience is not well suited for those scared of heights or visitors with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

The Temple of Dawn is located on the Chao Phraya River’s west bank, across from the Grand Palace. The easiest way to reach the temple is by water taxi from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho. By road from the city center, head to the west side of the Chao Phraya River by way of the Phra Pin-klao Bridge, then follow the waterway south on Arum Amarin Road.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to see the temple at dawn, but the central prang and wider temple complex typically opens at 8:30am. Opt for a sunrise visit to explore the exterior and beat the crowds (and the heat).

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Exploring the Temple’s Interior Spaces

While the temple’s intricate exterior details are an obvious draw, its interior is also full of wonder. Don’t miss the incense-scented Ordination Hall and its prominently seated golden Buddha, the towering mosaic-lined chambers of the secluded Prayer Hall, or the human-sized Buddha’s footprint.

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