Thailand : Wat Arun, Bangkok. 12 Nov 2012

Wat Arun


Wat Arun, known as the Temple of Dawn is actually best seen in the even at sunset. Named for Aruna, the God of Dawn, stare from the east side of Chao Phraya as the sun sets casting beautiful colors. Unfortunately, the weather for this trip did no favors. Wat Arun is directly across the river from Wat Phra Kaew. A boat can take you over to the west side for 3 baht. The ride is less than a minute. Wat Arun entrance fee is 50 baht. Pay the fee and head on in.

This is the first Chinese style Buddha I have seen in Bangkok.

I was suspecting this was a bowl conveniently stuck on the wall to fill a gap. Reusing.

The porcelain decorations is a form of recycling. During the 19th century, boats arrive into Thonburi carrying porcelain. Many of these have been broken and it was decided to be reused to decorate the prang.

At 81 meters and an incline around 70 degrees on my estimation, it is easy going up but scary going down. The metal bars on the side are lined with thick string to provide traction. Do mind your step and if you are not as crazy as me, step backwards to go down. I decided to go down facing forward.

View from on top of the prang.

This completes the popular Wats that are a must to see in Bangkok. The more important views to visit. I sure wish there was clear blue skies. A photographer can never choose.

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