Spend some #Tem­ple­time at Wat Arun

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

Pack away your stilet­tos and slip into some­thing com­fort­able—you’ll be climb­ing a lot of stairs at this his­tor­i­cal tem­ple on the west bank of Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun, or the “Tem­ple of Dawn,” dates way back to the 16th cen­tury and was later re­stored to honor the vic­tory of King Taksin over the Burmese army. The best photo op of all has to be its 79-me­ter cen­tral pagoda, with flo­ral mo­saic walls, en­crusted with stained glass and porce­lain, that give off an opales­cent glow in the first light.

Just a heads-up: The cen­tral spire is cur­rently closed for ren­o­va­tion. Con­struc­tion should be fin­ished later this year, and the rest of the tem­ple re­mains open. Re­mem­ber the dress code: It’s hard in the Bangkok heat, but make sure your knees and shoul­ders are cov­ered. If not, you’ll have to rent a sarong ($27) and climb the stairs with it wrapped around you. $11 en­trance fee, 158 Wang Doem Rd., Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok.

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