Location: On the Chao Phraya River's west bank.
34 Arun Amarin Road, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok.
Not-to-be-missed Highlights: With its unique architecture, Wat Arun’s stupas were built by white bricks and decorated by many valuable materials; such as, seashells, porcelain, and many Benjarong dishes, most of which came from China. Furthermore, you can see a variety of sculptures around the Temple like Kinnari, giants, angels, and garudas. Another must-attend activity you don’t want to miss is taking a photo with the 2 temple guardians: Tossakan, King of Krung Long Ka, and Sahatsadecha, King of Pang Tan City. Both of the demons are very powerful.
Not-to-be-missed Highlights: The hall of the Reclining Buddha is located to the northwest of the Temple and is very famous for its unique style of decorations; the feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl. You can also enjoy seeing a variety of interesting ancient Thai cultural murals around the temple.
Another highlight is a vast array of ancient Chinese sculptures like ancient warriors, lions, or even the statue of Marco Polo, the first foreign explorer who travelled China, and much more.
Also, view a group of four huge pagodas surrounded by a white wall with Thai-Chinese style sheltered gates called “Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn”:
- The one with a green tile mosaic is called Phra Maha Chedi Sri Sanpetdayarn.
- The one with a white tile mosaic represents the reign of King Rama II.
- The one with yellow tile mosaic represents the reign of King Rama III.
- The last one, in dark blue tile mosaic, represents the reign of King Rama IV the Great.
Not-to-be-missed highlights: One of the famous highlights of this Temple is its spiral staircase of 344 steps. On the top of Phu Khao Thong is where the enshrined Buddha’s relics of Buddha statues are enshrined. There are also various murals around the temple, which tell about heaven, Earth, hell, etc. Inside the area of the Attharot Chapel is the place where Phra Attharot Srisucot Thosapol Yanabophit is enshrined. Phra Attharot Srisucot Thosapol Yanabophit is considered as the tallest Buddha statue in Bangkok, which was built around the Sukhothai era or 700 years ago.
Not-to-be-missed Highlights: What tourists should come to see with their own eyes in this Temple is the solid gold Sukhothai-style Buddha called the seated Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon, known as the world’s largest golden Buddha statue, as certified by the Guinness World Records in 1991. The statue now sits on the fourth floor of Wat Traimit’s new building named Phra Maha Mondop. The second and third floor holds an exhibition telling about the origin of this Buddha statue and the History of china town in Bangkok. Before leaving the temple, don;t forget to visit the great Buddha image, “Phra Phuttha Tossapol Yarn”, too.
Not-to-be-missed Highlights: The Temple’s ubosot was constructed of marble imported from Italy, so tourists from all over the world know this temple as the “Marble Temple”. “Wat Benchamabophit” was bestowed it name by King Rama IV the Great meaning “the temple of the fourth King near Dusit Palace.” Other highlights tourists can’t afford to miss are the murals around the ubosot displaying the History of 8 important pagodas of Siam, as well as 11 Buddha images in various styles dating from several periods.
To pay respect, tourists must dress appropriately.
Do NOT wear the following when entering a Temple or place of worship:
- Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, and tights.
- See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
- Sleeveless shirts or vests
- Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
- Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
- Sweatshirts and sweatpants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers