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Bangkok Wat Arun Temple of Dawn
How to get there : Chao Praya Express boat pier 8 and cross the river
Admission : 50 baht
The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River near the Old City in Bangkok. This temple is named after the Indian God of Dawn Aruna. The Emerald Buddha was housed here after it was recaptured from Laos, before being moved to Wat Phra Kaeo in the Grand Palace.
(Wat Arun as seen from the Chao Praya River)
The Main prang (pilar) of the temple is 75 meters high and build in the Khmer style. The prangs are covered with pieces of porcelain, which Chinese boats coming to Bangkok used as ballast.
(The Kinnaree at Wat Arun)
The main Prang has steep steps that lead to the two terraces that form the base of the Prang. The different layers, or heavens, are supported by Kinnaree, or half humans, and frightening Yaksas or demons. The pavilions on the first platform contain statue of the Buddha at the most important stage of his life, while on the Hindu God Indra or Erawan, his thirty three headed elephant stand guard.
(The ferry to Wat Arun in Bangkok)
To get to Wat Arun from the Grand Palace you can take the ferry at pier number 8. At pier number 8 you can see Wat Arun across the river. There is a small ferry that can take you there. The crossing costs 3 baht per person. Pier number 8 is next to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace.
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