After exploring a little bit more of Wat Po and trying some delightful Thai treats, we decided to go to Wat Arun. As I told you before, it was one of the few open options. There were a lot of places closed due to the Songkran celebration (Thai traditional New Year).
Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is located on the edge of the Chao Phraya River. It sits directly across the Grand Palace and Wat Po but on the opposite river bank. Because of that reason, we needed to take a cross-river ferry. We knew the ferry pier was behind Wat Po but it was a little bit difficult to identify the place. So here are some instructions on how to find the pier: walk towards the back side of the temple (you are probably going to arrive to the temple through Sanam Chai Road). Once, you are in the back (around Maharat Road), you are probably going to see a lot of tourists walking towards one direction. I bet you that if you follow them you are going to find the pier. That is what I did and it worked. The pier stop is called Tha Tien.
Once you get on the ferry, try to sit around the front so you can take pictures of the temple while you are getting close. The ride is extremely short hence you are going to have a few minutes to snap pictures.
This is a must-see attraction. The temple style is Khmer and its pagodas are covered with Chinese porcelain mosaics. Furthermore, you can climb to the top of the pagodas to take to enjoy the sweeping views. From the high point, you are going to be able to appreciate the Gran Palace, Wat Po, the Chao Praya River and some of the Bangkok skyline. If you want to climb to the top, remember to bring appropriate clothes (pants) and shoes. I had the great idea of using a skirt that day. Let’s say climbing with strong winds is not the greatest experience.
Even though we were going to see the temple, we did not loose the opportunity to be a little goofy.
At least, we did not decide to dress in costumes. These two girls decided to rent traditional Thai dresses. They looked pretty but they were drenched in sweat. Not the appropriate moment to dress up.
There was a little market around the temple surroundings just like in Wat Po. Full Songkran celebrations everywhere!!!
Wat Arun is like a little city. There are alleys, pond, and interesting statues. You can do a lot of exploring.
Like I said, there are multiple treasures to discover at this temple.
In the next post, I am going to show photos takes from the top of the pagoda.
See you next time.