Next up was Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. This one is probably one of Bangkok’s most recognised attractions; you just have to see how gorgeous it looks all lit up at night. Wat Arun also finds itself on a Thai 10-Baht coin, that should indicate to you how iconic a landmark it really is. Named after Aruna – the Indian God of Dawn, it is believed that after the fall of Ayuthaya the royal fleet of King Taksin, founder of the former capital of Thonburi, arrived at this location precisely at dawn, which is how it got its name. Located right across the river from Wat Pho, it is easily reachable by the Chao Phraya Express Ferry that makes trips back and forth from one side of the river to the other. Climbing up is possible, very steep and narrow steps lead to a balcony high on the central tower, and if you’re brave enough to attempt the somewhat intimidating climb, you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic views.
The 79 meter high prang or Khmer-style tower is decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi-colored porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.