Excursions, Non classé, Temples — 28 April 2012 11 h 27 min

Wat Arun bangkok

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Wat Arun, is located opposite of the Wat Pho,
on the bank of the Chao Praya river, near all Bangkok Hotels

This beautiful “Prang” is pretty impressive for its size (80 meters).
Stairs on each side very steep, even vertiginous (tilt beyond 60 °)
achieve a device platform offering breathtaking views of a portion of the capital,
temples neighboring Grand Palace and Wat Pho

This beautiful temple is a must visit during your stay in one of  your Booking Thailand Hotels.

Wat is located on the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi district.
It is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (20 baht or about 0,50 euros)


The temple is named after the Hindu god Aruna,
to commemorate the moment of the arrival of King Taksin in Bangkok in 1767. 

The latter, who had just fled his capital, Ayutthaya was conquered and sacked by the Burmese,
transforms the small temple that was here, in Royal Chapel.
Rama I will install the Emerald Buddha and his successors, Rama II and Rama III,
will build the central prang 80 meters high and 234 meters in circumference.

Rama IV cover the buildings fragments of Chinese porcelain offered by the inhabitants of the city,
and withdrawing most of their dishes

The wat has four small prang at each corner, home to statues of Nayu (the deity of wind) on horseback.
The cardinal points are represented by mondops.
The very high rate of inclination of the stairs of central prang attests
to the difficulty of achieving higher levels of existence


Levels built on top of the upper terrace, which form the tip of the prang, symbolize, from bottom to top,
the Traiphum, paradise Tavatimsa Devaphum and surmounted by the thunderbolt (vajra), the weapon of Indra. 

Traiphum evokes the thirty-one worlds of reincarnation, heaven Tavatimsa, the sphere of thirty-three gods,
and Devaphum, the summit of Mount Meru

The Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, is one of the emblematic symbols of Bangkok.
We find his silhouette on some coins. 

No flashy gilding here, the main prang, 114 m high, is extraordinary,
completely covered with pieces of porcelain and runs a Khmer style quite marked

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