Wat Arun



Wat Arun

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Wat Arun, named after Aruna, the Indian god of dawn, is a striking Bangkok landmark. It owes its name to the legend that, in October 1767, King Taksin arrived here at sunrise from the sacked capital, Ayutthaya. He soon enlarged the tiny temple that stood on the site into a Royal Chapel to house the Emerald Buddha. Rama II and Rama III were responsible for the size of the current temple: the main prang is 260 ft (79 m) high and the circumference of its base is 768 ft (234 m). In the 19th century King Mongkut (Rama IV) added the ornamentation created with broken pieces of porcelain. The monument’s style, deriving mainly from Khmer architecture, is unique in Thailand.

Central Monument of Wat Arun

The monument’s design symbolizes Hindu-Buddhist cosmology. The central prang (tower) is the mythical Mount Meru, and its ornamental tiers are worlds within worlds. The layout of four minor prangs around a central one is a symbolic mandala shape.

River View of Temple

This popular image of Wat Arun, as seen from the Chao Phraya, appears on the 10-baht coin and in the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) logo.

Ceramic Details

Much of the colorful porcelain decorating the prangs was donated by local people. The flowers above and below the “demon bears” are said to evoke the vegetation of Mount Meru, home of the gods.

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