Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, also known as “Temple of Dawn,” is a renowned Buddhist temple located in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand. Situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is one of the most famous landmarks of Thailand. The temple’s name is derived from the Hindu god Aruna, who symbolizes the radiant light of the rising sun. The first light of the morning illuminates the temple with a pearly iridescence that is truly breathtaking.
The temple has existed since the seventeenth century, but its iconic prang (spires) were built during the reign of King Rama II in the early nineteenth century. Wat Arun continues to be one of the most historically important and popular tourist attractions in Bangkok, known among both Thais and foreigners. Visitors can admire the temple’s intricate architecture and enjoy the peaceful surroundings along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.