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“Often forgotten but definiately worth a visit.”

Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
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Ranked #16 of 533 things to do in Bangkok
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Owner description: This temple is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.
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“Often forgotten but definiately worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

This is a lovely temple on the opposite banks of the river to most of the city. You can walk up to the top of the temple and see the city across the river. It really is worth a visit. The Ferry terminal which is close to Wat Pho takes you across the river for about 30p.

Visited April 2012
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“Legs suffered afterwards!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Great monument, very beautiful detail on temple - decorated with very pretty pieces of ceramic. Beware though, I climbed the steps while feeling adventurous - great views from the top, but couldn't walk properly for about 3 days afterwards!!

Visited April 2012
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“Nice view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Not as breathtaking as Grand Palace or other temples, but still worth visiting as it provides nice view of Chao Praya river.

Visited May 2011
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Great and sweet view from the top! hand made walls and colours are unique!

Visited April 2012
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“Wat Arun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is one of Bangkok's best know landmark. It stands on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Thon Buri. Wat Arun is best seen from the opposite bank of the river; it glistens in the sunlight during the day and stands dark and noble at dawn or dusk. A visit to the beautiful, peaceful monastery complex surrounding the familiar towers is very worth-while.
I visited Wat Arun on a weekday in April and the day was oppressivley hot but once inside the narrow streets around the temple it seemed cooler, there are many shaded and cool places a visitor can sit and contemplate the beauty of Wat Arun. The beauty of the Wat and the surrounding buildings is breathtaking and it is hard to imagine this was all built using ballast from ships.
I found the staff working here to be helpful and very respectful, this is a trait found in most Thai people I had dealings with.
A word of warning if you decide to climb the central prang be prepared for a very steep climb, perhaps this is not a good idea for those with vertigo. The view across the grounds of the Wat and the river are breathtaking.
There are places to take refreshments in the Wat and they are moderately priced.

Visited April 2012
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