Hop-on-hop-off Boat Tour via The Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand [Part 2 of 3 - Wat Arun Temple]

in travelfeed •  4 months ago  (edited)

Brief History of Wat Arun

Our first stop from today's hop-on-hop-off tour was a monumental landmark here in Bangkok, Thailand. Wat Arun, also commonly referred to as "The Temple of Dawn," is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok's Yai district, located on Thonburi's west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as radiations from the morning sun. Wat Arun is among Thailand's best known landmarks. The first light of the early morning sunrise is said to reflect off the surface of the temple, creating a pearly iridescence. Although the temple has existed from the 17th century, its distinctive prang (spires) were renovated in the early 19th century under the reign of King Rama II.

Over 300 years old, the ancient temple dates back to the period of the Ayutthaya Kingdom when the capital of Bangkok was located on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. The architecture of the temple and its accompanying pagodas are considered one of the greatest and most beautiful stupas of Thailand's historical Buddhist relics, resembling the countries Buddhist upbringings under various King's during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Pictures From Today's Excursion

wat arun 2.jpg
View of the Temple upon entry (50 Bhat)

wat arun 1.jpg
Close up of the main pagoda - Temple of the Dawn

wat arun 3.jpg
Side angle view of the main pagoda

wat arun 4.jpg
View toward the top - don't strain your neck!

wat arun 5.jpg
One of the smaller pagodas in the background

IMG_2578.jpg
View from outside the ticket entry gate

Thailand's Most Popular Attraction

According to the Thai lady at our hotel, Wat Arun is the signature monument Bangkok is most well known for. I don't know if this is accurate or not because there are plenty of other temples, monuments, Buddhas, etc. The Grand and Golden Palaces are also located in Bangkok's old town as well. There are so many attractions here it is truly unbelievable, making it difficult to rank them from 'least to greatest.'

Getting to actually see the Temple of the Dawn up close and personal with my own two eyes was an extraordinary experience. The intricacies of the spires were immaculate and seemed to get more and more intricate the higher up the 82 m ornate structure you looked. Truly remarkable the number of monuments that are in the most random places walking through the streets and alleys of Bangkok.

Stay tuned for part 3 of this 3-part series where I will discuss further our trip to Chinatown from earlier today.

P.S. - If you look closely in one of the photos, you will be able to see me. Have you spotted me yet?

Let me know in the comments once you do!

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

such intricate detail👌 looks like great weather for an excursion

It really was quite extraordinary! The weather was hot hot hot !!! Like 92 🔥🔥🔥

Posted using Partiko iOS

This temple is so beautiful! I liked it ^^

Posted using Partiko iOS

Thanks joy! Your golden temple in India looks pretty special too :)

Posted using Partiko iOS

Congratulations! Your high-quality travel content was selected by @travelfeed curator @elsaenroute and earned you a partial upvote. We love your hard work and hope to encourage you to continue to publish strong travel-related content.
Thank you for being part of the TravelFeed community!

Did you know that you get larger upvotes when posting through TravelFeed.io? Also, thanks to the travel writing contest by @invisusmundi you can now earn up to 100 STEEM on top of the post rewards when posting through our new platform TravelFeed.io! Read the contest announcement for more information on how to participate.

We are continuously working on improving TravelFeed, recently we presented at SteemFest⁴, published our Android app and launched our Steem witness.

Please consider voting for us as a witness. If you're not sure how to do that, it's easy: Head over to our Support Us page and hit the witness voting button to vote with Steem Keychain, or Steemconnect if you are not a Keychain user. Alternatively, use this Steemconnect link or head over to the Steemit Wallet and enter travelfeed in the box.


Learn more about TravelFeed by clicking on the banner above and join our community on Discord.

Thanks much, travelfeed 🙏🏼

Posted using Partiko iOS