Wat Arun which is also known as the Temple of the Dawn, is a temple located in Thonburi district, opposite of Wat Pho, on the west bank of the Chao Praza River. It's one of Bangkok's oldest temples, build in 1767. The legend tells that after Ayutthaya was taken over by the Burmese, King Thaksin managed to escape the fallen city and arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking.
With it's prang reaching a height of 80 meters, it is still dominating the skyline at dark, when it is illuminated and shining at the shore of the Chao Praya river.
A steep stairway leads up to a terrace of the temple, from where visitors can enjoy the scenery and have a nice view over the river.
Wat Arun is one of Bangkok's most important landmarks and can be reached by a boat from Sathorn pier or from the Tha Tien Pier across the river, where the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are located.
Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Bangkok
How to get there: Take a boat from Sathorn or Tha Tien Pier (Orange FLag & No flag boat) which costs 15 THB and get off at Wat Arun Pier
Opening Hours: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Entrance Fee: 50 THB