by Andres Triana
Wat Arunratchawararam, also known as the “Temple of Dawn”, is one of the most visited temples in Bangkok and a tourist attraction you cannot miss if you visit the City of Angels.
One of the best ways to get there is to take the BTS Skytrain and then Chao Phraya Express Boat. So,
- Take the BTS Skytrain up to Saphan Taksin station
- Walk to Sathorn Pier
- From there, get the Chao Phraya Express Boat (cheapest) up to Tha Tien station
- Cross the river on a ferry
When you arrive at the temple, you will see Sahassateja and Tasakanth, two statues from the Hindu story Ramayana, which are also the guards of the temple. You will then see the Chinese and Thai Buddha. Around the place, you will also find sculptures of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals, and over the second terrace there are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan.
The temple has four small towers devoted to the god of wine, Phra Phai, decorated with seashells and porcelain. At the top of the four towers, you will see his. The central tower is between 70-80 meters high, and it symbolizes Mount Meru (the legendary center of the universe).