Wat Arun is a prominent Buddhist temple located along the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Yai District. It is one of the few temples that remain from Thailand’s Chakri dynasty. The temple’s most distinctive feature is the central Khmer-style tower. Glazed porcelain tiles and seashells cover the exterior, giving the entire complex a brilliant shine, particularly in the early morning light. For many years Wat Arun housed the famous Emerald Buddha, before it was moved to Wat Phra Kaew in 1785. As one of Bangkok’s beloved temples, this is certainly an attraction visitors won’t want to miss.
Pro Tip: Don’t board the boat that is targeted for “tourists” instead you can ask for the Local boat to take you to Wat Arun for less than $2!! There’s not much difference. Wat Arun closes at 5pm so be there around 3-4pm less people and crowd and if you’re done you head off restaurants across Wat Arun and you’ll witness of the beautiful things ever! the transition from sunset and to lighting of the whole Wat Arun at night! I took a timelapse but here are some photos. Chomp in with good old classic Pad thai!!
Zheng Wang Temple and Grand Palace, Wo Buddha Temple and Jade Buddha Temple can be arranged to visit on the same day, one line at a time, so the route is very smooth. The Grand Palace, the Wofo Temple and the Jade Buddha Temple are located in the east of the Mekonan River, near the N8 pier. The Zhengwang Temple is on the west side of the Mekonan River, just across the N8 bank. From the Grand Palace, walk for about 5 minutes to the Tha Tine (N8) dock, ferry to the other side only 3 baht, 10 minutes to the other side. Don't listen to the harbour solicitors, they will deceive you that ordinary boats do not go to the other side, to take hundreds of boats, take you to several scenic spots. Entrance tickets "tickets" Zheng Wang Temple is not expensive, only 50B, much cheaper than domestic attractions. When you buy tickets to enter the gate, you will find that it is not easy to climb up the Zhengwang Temple, because it is very steep. The road to Zheng Wang Temple is difficult to ascend to the sky. There's only one way up and down, one staircase, narrow and steep. As far as I can see, it's 60 degrees perpendicular. I think it's more appropriate to use "touch up" to describe it. Zheng Wang Temple has several floors, each floor has a platform, you can rest, see the scenery and sculpture. At the end of the climb, you will see a wonderful view of the Mekong River. It's wise for handsome men and beautiful women to wear trousers to Zheng Wang Temple. Because to climb the temple, although Zheng Wang Temple is only 79 meters, it's very steep.
This trip to Bangkok has been the fifth brush, the previous several times have been to the Grand Palace, Jade Buddha Temple and other places, but has not been to the Zhengwang Temple, this is the iron heart must go to the Zhengwang Temple to see, it is unavoidable to miss because of the itinerary, so this time I first arranged to visit the Zhengwang Temple, originally intended to pass at three or four o'clock in the afternoon, but because there was a rare rainstorm. It didn't stop until four o'clock, so the rain stopped immediately. [Coordinates] Zheng Wangmiao is located on the Bank of the Mekonan River. It can be passed by boat or by car. The route of boat ride is to sit under the Dawn Temple at N8 Station at Shatun Wharf, and walk straight to the Dawn Temple. The fare of 50beht is 50. [History] The Temple of King Zheng, so its name means a temple in memory of Zheng Zhao, the Thai King of Chinese descent. The emperor drove away the Burmese invaders and founded the Tunwuli Dynasty. It is said that he came all the way to the Chaonan River during the war and visited the temple at dawn, so he later renamed it Dawn Temple. However, the dynasty died and was rebuilt in 1842 by the then King of Thailand, expanding into the present form. Zheng Wang Temple is also called the Eastern Eiffel Tower, because the Mahayana Tower in the middle is very high and there are four small Buddhist pagodas beside it. Before going in, you can pay attention to the following small animals carved stone, such as pigs, elephants, monkeys and so on. The ticket price here is 50 baht. The cost-effective ratio is quite high. You can see the big pagoda when you go in a short distance. This side can climb up. Although you can't reach the top of the pagoda, you can also see the scenery of the Mekong River on both sides of the Taiwan Strait after climbing. Five pagodas are inlaid with ceramic tiles from China. Of course, there are many pearls and jade. You can see a knight riding on the top of the pagoda. The tower is white, especially bright under the sunset. If you have time, it's quite enjoyable to suggest sitting on the stairs and watching the sunset quietly.
Very nice temple by the river. After visiting the Grand Palace you can walk to the ferry station and go to this temple by water. Ferry ticket costs 4 b. It’s not very easy to find the ferry because of the busy road and market, but locals can help. Ferry goes quite regular, every 10/15 minutes. Entrance ticket to the temple is 50 b. Of course it’s not so magnificent like Grand Palace, but it’s worth to visit for sure.
it was amazing! the beauty is indeed captivating! i wish to be back here!
Beautiful and inspiring. A must see!! Can be extremely busy during peak times. Also take a bottle of water.
I have been to Bangkok twice, but I have never been to Zheng Wang Temple. This time, I have arranged time to visit it. Starting from the hotel, we first took a taxi to N8 (Tha Tien wharf) near Yufo Temple and ferry across the Meonan River, opposite the location of Zheng Wang Temple, Fei 4 baht. Zheng Wang Temple, also known as Dawn Temple, was established during the Dacheng Dynasty to commemorate the 41st generation of Thai monarchs and national heroes, Zheng Zhao. On this day, there will be a ceremony in the temple. When we arrived, we stopped selling tickets. We watched as we could not get in. We walked around outside in frustration. As a result, our companions found that the ticket office in the temple was still able to enter. They hurried to greet everyone. At last, they did not miss the opportunity. However, when entering, it can only be taken care of for 10 minutes, so it is more hurried to see. This is a relatively unique temple in Thailand. It's not golden. It's white as a whole. It's composed of a taller main tower and four auxiliary towers, with exquisite carvings and mosaics. It has a beautiful visual sense. The whole scenic area has green grass, clean leaves, comfortable environment, adjacent to the Meinan River, and echoes the Jade Buddha Temple on the other side, constituting a unique tourist area in Bangkok, which is really worth visiting (ticket 50 baht).
this is really a majestic landmark in thailand worth visiting as it reflects the rich culture of thai people and their strong love for budhism and peacefulness
The King Zheng Temple (Dawn Temple), standing on the banks of the Mekonan River, is a historic and landmark building in Bangkok and a part of the beautiful scenery of the Mekonan River at night. It is the largest Mahayana Shrine Tower in Thailand, so it enjoys the reputation of "the Eiffel Tower of Thailand". The main tower of Dawn Temple is 82 meters high and carved on the back of 10 baht coins. The base and tower body are square with many layers, and the area decreases step by step. Each tower is surrounded by one. The base of the pagoda is painted with huge pictures. Unfortunately, the road to the tower is completely closed and cannot reach the top of the tower. We came out of the Grand Palace and walked to Ferry Terminal 8 on the Mekonan River (through a market), took a ferry (4 baht/person), and crossed the Mekonan River to the other side. Tickets are 50 baht. After the tour, take a taxi back to the hotel.
The local map of Bangkok calls Zheng Wang Temple Wat Arun. Due to the ongoing overhaul project, the tallest main tower is inaccessible, and the upper part of the tower body is tightly wrapped by steel scaffolding. It can only view the small half of the main tower and its four supporting towers. The surface of the whole tower group is decorated with various complex sculptures and inlaid with various colored pottery pieces. The table-based sculptors are exquisitely depicted. The most attractive circle of statues of the monkeys holding the tower body with their arms is very interesting. There are several blue-gray stone statues resembling the figure of Lord Guan in the whole temple. When climbing to the top of the stone steps, you can see the concave statue of the Golden Buddha. The door is locked! You can only stop and look up. In the center of the tall corn-like tower, there is a triumphant statue of Zheng Zhao riding a horse, which is very elegant.