Things to Do in Wat Arun , Bangkok Thailand
History of Wat Arun
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or commonly known as Wat Arun or Wat Jaeng, was founded since The Kingdom of Ayutthaya, before the foundation of the Chakri Dynasty of The Kingdom of Siam in 1782 A.D. and this temple is in the west bank of Chao Phraya River while the Grand Palace is in the east bank.
In the period of The Kingdom of Thonburi, Wat Arun was a royal temple of Pharatchawang deom or Thonburi Palace. The King Tanksin , the king who chesed the Burmese away, travel down the river and select the area near War Arun to establish new palace. He disembarked the boat the temple in the morning, that’s how the name of Wat Arun was from.
Arun means Sun rise or early morning of a new day
In the reign of The King Rama I (Bangkok Palace), the palace has been moved to the Grand Palace as the current location. In the reign of The King Rama II, there is the re-establishing of the temple and The King Rama II has sculptured the face of the main Buddha statue by himself so this temple has been recognized as the temple of the reign of The King Rama II, also his bone after the royal funeral has been placed under this main Buddha statue.
Things to do in Bangkok at Phra Prang Wat Arun
Phra Prang Wat Arun is the central of building in Wat Arun. Phra Prang is a pagoda in Khmer style is alike to the Chedi which is a pagoda in Buddhist. The height of the old Phra Prang is 16 metres, in the reign of The King Rama II, he has the project to re-build Phra Prang to be more higher to be the center of Bangkok and to show the civilization, the renovation project has been completed in the reign of The King Rama IV so the height of Phra Prang has been re-built to be 81 meters as seen as the present.
Phra Prang Wat Arun is not the only symbol of Wat Arun but also the symbol of Bangkok as the tourist can see the photo of Phra Prang in many tourist guidebooks as so the tourist should not miss out to go to visit Wat Arun to see the beauty and greatness of Phra Prang Wat Arun.
What can you do at Wat Arun?
- Climb up the prang or top tower
- Take photos or post by wear Thai Dress
- Pay respect the sacred Buddha at Wihan Noi and Giant guard at Yak Wat Jeak