Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn

You remember yesterday I said that walking up all those steps to the tower of Cologne Cathedral made my legs shake? Well today we are  going to journey back to 2009 when I had to walk up some huge steps at Wat Arun in Bangkok…

We had just had a massage at Wat Pho (or Pho Temple) and then we had to cross the river to get to Wat Arun.

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To get to the river we had to walk down a little alleyway and through what might have been someone’s house! We took the three-baht boat to the other side.

Wat Arun means Temple of Dawn, named after Aruna, the Indian god of dawn. The name of the temple was both literal and symbolic: literal because after the Burmese conquered Ayutthaya, General Taksin undertook to march the remaining survivors “until the sun rises again” and vowed to erect a temple at whatever spot they reached. Symbolically the Temple of Dawn represented the founding of a new Ayutthaya.

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Wat Arun is one of the landmarks of Bangkok: the 86m/280ft prang with its countless ceramic embellishments can be seen from miles around. Not apparent from a distance, these ornate floral mosaics are made from multihued Chinese porcelain.

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Wat Arun is the temple that has all the steps on the outside of the structure and we climbed them all, and I mean CLIMBED! They were very steep with not much room to move.

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The views of the city from the top were great though.

At the top no one dare go down first because the steps were so steep and there was a little cluster of us at the top waiting for someone else to go first.

Going down the steps was very scary as they were so steep and narrow.

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When we got to the bottom my thigh was shaking so much I could hardly walk! We had to sit down on the grass for five minutes!

The next day we were on the move to Kanchanburi and I could barely climb about the train because the muscles in my thighs hurt so much!

See all the photos from Wat Arun below. Or click here to view a more recent visit to Wat Arun, complete with stunning panoramic photographs.

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