The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun is considered to be the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a soaring 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.
It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun is partly made up of colorfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.
If you take a cruise along the Chaoya Praya River, you will end up going to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. As you cruise up the river to these locations you will pass Wat Arun and no doubt the thought will cross your mind that it would be a site worth visiting if you had time.
Wat Arun will give you a far superior sight-seeing experience than the other mentioned places. The reasons: the entry fee is much less; there is far less harassment by tuk-tuk rickshaw and its much easier to access due to being just a few meters from the jetty and it is generally less crowded.
We would recommend spending at least an hour visiting the temple. Although it is known as the Temple of the Dawn, it’s absolutely stunning at sunset, particularly when lit up at night. The quietest time to visit, however, is early morning, before the crowds.