Temple of Dawn

View of Wat Arun from Chao Phraya River

Sitting majestically on the west bank overlooking the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Yai district, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is the most legendary Buddhist temple out of more than 30000 in Thailand and is one of the best known landmarks of Thailand.  Named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn, the first light reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.

The main feature of Wat Arun is its towering central prang (Khmer-style tower) approximating 250 feet in height which is interpreted as a stupa-like pagoda. Smaller satellite prangs are located at the four corners of the temple. The prangs are adorned with floral motif structures and supported by rows of Yaksha (humanoid creatures having big round bulging eyes and protruding fangs – guardians of temples) and monkey statues, beautifully and intricately decorated with bits and pieces of colourful faience.

A Yaksha Statue

Amazingly, most of the structures are still in pretty good condition, though one will note missing bits and pieces of ornamentation here and there, either from weathering or the work of vandals/souvenir collectors/thieves in the intervening years since it was constructed.

All images Fuji X-E1 with XF 18-55mm

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2 thoughts on “Temple of Dawn

    • you are most welcome, woody dragon 😉
      it is definitely worth a visit when you are in bangkok and are keen on history, religion or architecture. there is quite a lot to see and photograph, unfortunately, i only had about an hour there due to tight work schedule.

      very best regards,
      kap

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