Wat Arun, also known as Wat Chaeng by the locals and Temple of the Dawn is a historic temple that dates back to the Ayuttaya Period.
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Inside the temple
The central prang is one of the most unique attractions of the temple as the pagoda is encrusted with glazed porcelain tiles and sea shells. Other unique features of the temple include the Ordination Hall, Giant statues, the Bell Tower and a dozen statues of Buddha.
Worshipping and praying at prang is known to be bring prosperity and eternal happiness to the individual. It is also believed that only those who learn and practise the Dhamma will be able to attain true success.
Visiting times and attire
Wat Arun is open every day for visitors from 8 am till 5:30 pm. It is advised that if you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments in Bangkok in the area such as Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok, visitors should visit either in the morning or evening hours of the day.
The ideal way to get to the temple is through the river. Wat Arun is located on the West bank of Chao Phraya River; adjacent to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Hop on a boat that will take you to this temple.
Thailand is one of the last kingdoms in the world, and even rarer is that it is one of the few that remain influential and significant in the modern era, thanks to the Chakkri Dynasty.
At the Beginning
The dynasty was founded by Rama I, who was an integral figure in the battle against Burma, where he operated under the name ‘Chao Phraya Chakkri’, which means Chao Phraya’s military commander. The range of places to visit in Bangkok‘s Chao Phraya region has to offer is astounding and features many choices of accommodation such as Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok.
Ascension to the Throne
He obtained the throne in 1782 after his predecessor was executed and his reign was defined by the reorganisation of Siamese defences to fend off a range of Burmese assaults that took place in 1785, 1786, 1787, 1797 and 1801.
100 Years of Isolation
The initial hundred years of the rule of the Chakkri Dynasty was defined by strong isolationist policies that repelled any sort of collaboration with the Europeans due to the Phaulkon-Tachard Conspiracy.
The Chakkri Dynasty Today
Rama VII was the last of the absolute monarchs, and his reign, which was defined by social reforms, ended in 1925, ushering in a constitutional government policy. King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the present constitutional monarch of Thailand.
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Thailand is renowned for many things. It is considered one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world by both backpackers and luxury travellers, featuring both budget-lodges and luxurious choices such as a Bangkok apartment hotel with examples such as the Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok. The country has a captivating history that spans back millennia. One thing the nation is currently most famous for is its silk trade, which would have been non-existent if not for the actions of Jim Thompson, whose house remains as an international attraction.
After becoming one of the most famous men in Asia after revitalising the Thai silk economy, Jim Thompson famous disappeared while taking a walk from the Moonlight Bungalow to the All Souls’ Church. This sparked one of the biggest searches in history, featuring policemen, trackers, mystics, reward hunters and missions, yet his disappearance remains unsolved to this day.
His beautiful house has since become a famed attraction and was converted into a museum to showcase his personal collection of various forms of art. The house is a testament to his love for South-Asian architecture and was built out of the dismantled parts of various vintage up-country houses. Some of these houses were more than a hundred years old. His final masterpiece consists of three separate dwellings that were pieced together to form what is now referred to as the Jim Thompson House.
Once his house was complete, he began to decorate it with the wondrous works of priceless art that he had collected over 30 years, such as blue-and-white Chinese Ming pieces, statues from Burma and a table that once belonged to the legendary King Rama V of Thailand.
The magnificent house and the unique artefacts within make this one of the most essential attractions to experience if you ever find yourself in Thailand.
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