Wat Arun is named after the Indian God of Dawn and is one of over 31,000 wat (or temples) in Thailand. Designed to represent Mount Meru, the center of the Buddhist universe, the wat has four towers that symbolize the cardinal directions. Decorated with colorful pieces of porcelain and guarded by two demons, Wat Arun is thought to be one of the most photographed landmarks in Thailand. The temple can be reached by taxi, bus, or boat and is open daily. Because it is a fully operating place of worship, it is expected that tourists follow standard rules of etiquette when visiting the temple.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10600 Thailand, Phone: +66-28-91-21-85 Photo: sakda/Fotolia
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