The Wat Arun is one of Thailand’s most recognized and visited landmarks. Known for its distinct spirals, or “prangs,” the Wat Arun has existed since the 17th century. However, the temple has undergone several changes since its creation. The temple where the Wat Arun now lies was called the Wat Makok. After going moved and going through changes, it lay abandoned for some time. It wasn’t until King Rama II had the temple restored and the distinct spirals erected. The temple was further restored during King Chulalongkorn’s reign and again in 1980. Between 2013-2017, the Ministry of Culture restored the temple to reflect its original appearance, although the restoration still drew criticism for white-washing.
The Wat Arun is also known as the Temple of Dawn. That is because, at dawn, it is said that light reflects off the porcelain on the temple. I visited the temple at sundown, so I was unable to confirm that. In addition to the central prang, Ordination Hall’s architecture is also beautiful. Two mythical giant devils (sculptures), Thotsakan and Sahatsadecha, guard the eastern gate of the hall. I recommend you stick around for people to leave so you can get a clear picture of it.
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