Temple of Dawn

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7 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

The Wat Arun complex is a huge, active monastery. Full review →


Fodor's Tick Choice

If this riverside spot is inspiring at sunrise, it's even more marvelous toward dusk, when the setting sun throws amber tones over the entire area. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Formerly known as Wat Jaeng, the 79m-high (260-ft.), Khmer-inspired tower was renamed the "Temple of Dawn," by King Thaksin, Bangkok's founder. Full review →

Be sure to walk to the back of the tower to the monks' living quarters, a tranquil world far from the bustle of Bangkok's busy streets.

Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Striking Wat Arun commands a martial pose as the third point in the holy trinity (along with Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho) of Bangkok's early history. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

Wat Arun is easily recognisable by its huge central prang (114m high), which is built in Khmer-style... this temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of the day, Aruna. Full review →


Time Out

This five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then Wat Magog at sunrise in October 1767. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Directly across the river from Wat Pho sits Wat Arun, one of the most recognizable spots in Bangkok. Full review →

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