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Also known as the Tem­ple of Dawn.This small but fas­ci­nat­ing com­plex is the only ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion on the Chao Phraya River’s west­ern bank, ac­cessed via a short cross-river pub­lic ferry ride from Tha Tien pier near the Grand Palace. A cu­ri­ous, al­most gaudy tem­ple cov­ered in flow­ers and other dec­o­ra­tive mo­tifs that use un­usual ma­te­ri­als like china plates. Hindu gods are de­picted on top of three-headed ele­phants, while round the base Chi­nese stat­ues stand next to build­ings filled with Bud­dhist relics. Among this cul­tural mix pass an even greater jum­ble of cul­tures and na­tion­al­i­ties, tourists and lo­cal Thais, all ap­pre­ci­at­ing Wat Arun’s re­laxed am­bi­ence. Open daily 8:30 AM – 5:.30 PM; ad­mis­sion THB50 ($1.40);

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