Wat Arun-Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun is located on the west bank of the Chao Phra Ya River. It is an ancient temple established by King Narai during the Ayutthaya period.
Wat Bang Ma Kok and Wat Chaeng were the temple’s previous names. Wat Chaeng, according to mythology, is named after King Taksin. After pushing the Burmese out of Thailand in 1767, he sought to make Thonburi the new capital.
The king arrived at Wat Bang Makok with his ship just as the sun was rising. He paid his homage to the Buddha’s relics at the temple. The temple was afterwards renovated and given the name “Wat Chaeng.” King Rama II, who also had it rebuilt, gave it the name Wat Arun Ratchavararam
Wat Arun Ratchavararam’s must see attractions
Bot, Ubosot, or Ordination Hall
The wat’s bot was constructed during King Rama II’s reign. Phra Budda Thaamamisrarat Lokatatdilok is the name of the Buddha statue in the bot. The figure of the “Buddha Naruemit” can be seen between the doorways.
The bot’s exterior wall is decorated with Chinese porcelain.
Mural Painting inside Bot
Inside, there are wall paintings depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life. The majority of these paintings were created during the reign of King Rama III.
The inside mural painting between the windows depicts the most important thing. The last 10 former lives of the Buddha, or 10 Virtues, Other paintings above the windows depict the life of Buddha as prince Sitthata and before and after enlightenment.
The Phra Prang is a 67-meter high peak, located to the south of the wat, behind the little bot and vihan. The building is intended to represent the Sumeru mountain of Hindu belief and to be dedicated to the Gods.
The prang rises in a series of steps that taper to the top. The enormous prang is encircled by fencing on all sides. The coats of arms of the first Chakri-kings are displayed around the five doorways. Colored porcelain figures can be found on the second landing.
The figurines of Kinnon and Kinnaris, mythical figures from literature, can be found on the third and fourth landings. The god Indra atop the three-headed elephant Erawan has a green shape in four niches on the fourth landing.
A tiny prang rises above the four niches, with the figure of the Hindu god Narai riding his “mode of transportation.” the Garuda bird. Four lesser prangs circle the tall central tower. Nopasul and a gold-plated crown stand at the Prang’s top.