If you want to witness the grandeur of the Wat Arun which is by far the most iconic Buddhist temple in the world and the largest in Thailand then you have to get up early before sunrise and start your retreat towards the Wat Arun Temple. If you have chosen your hotel well like me, then the Wat Arun will not be more than 40 to 50 minutes away by road. Several taxis and buses are available from the city center to the temple for guided trips and expeditions starting from 5 am itself.
The Wat Arun translates to the Temple of the Dawn. During Sunrise when the first beams of pure sunlight strike the Wat Arun’s Golden surface a shine like no other jewel in the world. The people of Thailand worship the Sun God and pray for wisdom, strength and power from him. The city of Bangkok has brought this mystical and divine temple into the limelight and the world has been awestruck by its beauty. The shine of the Wat Arun is reflected in such a way that the entire central hall is illuminated. The message of Lord Buddha has been spread to different corners of the world through the Wat Arun’s shrine.
The towers or Prangs built in the characteristic Chakri Dynasty Khmer style and the central prang is also famous for its engravings and paintings. The beautiful coloured stones used in the construction of this masterpiece are no longer found easily and hence, the precious Wat Arun is often considered one of the most precious temples ever built. The Chao Phraya is also located quite close to the Wat Arun and therefore, the location is also picturesque.
An ancient temple was already present at the location of Wat Arun during the 13th and 14th centuries but the grandeur and full expanse was completed under the first three Rama Kings in the 17th and the 18th century. The Wat Arun is today the second largest and most significant temple in Thailand and one of the most important Buddhist seats of learning and spiritual awakening in the world. The beautiful temple also has a unique location that adds to its brilliance.
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