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Bangkok is sometimes referred to as the ‘Venice of the Orient’ because it is crisscrossed by rivers and klongs (canals), and those waterways were once used for transportation and played an important role in locals’ lifestyle and culture. Even to this day, the aqua commerce and culture attracts tourists from all over the world to experience this charming way of life.
The ‘Phra Prang’ or Pagoda of Wat Arun Ratchavararam is praised as the most striking and romantic landmark on the Chao Phraya River bank. Thai lovers usually visit and pay homage to the sacred prang during the month of love, February, as they believe their love and marriage will be blessed and as glorious as the rising sun.
Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this temple is one of Bangkok's most famous landmarks and photographed in many postcards and movies. It is beautiful during any time of the day, but the most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline. Or at night when the lights make it appear to shine as though it is made of gold.
The temple has long history dating back to before Bangkok was established, around the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom Period in 17th century. Besides the temple’s history and architecture, its romantic atmosphere and scenery also attract many lovers who have made it part of their honeymoon plan in Bangkok. Inside the temple complex, you will also find a shady garden and Chinese-style waterfront pavilion and two massive, beautiful Giant statues guarding the Ubosot’s gate.
Thing to do : It is believed that if you come to pay homage to the sacred prang of Wat Arun during the month of love (February), your love and marriage will last long, be blessed and glorious like the rising sun. After that, walking up the prang to see and admire the delicate art and architecture more closely and savor the panoramic view of the river from above, and during winter when it gets dark early you may get that romantic sunset as a background before the temple is close.
The best way to get there is by boat. Take a shuttle boat from Tha Tien pier (located close to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho) to Wat Arun Pier, the fee is only 3 baht. During the short ride you will have excellent views and photo opportunities of the huge Wat Arun Prang.
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Office
1600 New Pechburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathevi, Bangkok 10400
Tel. : +66 2 250 5500
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