Temple of Dawn Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
Upon arrival in Bangkok should first buy a card of this wonderful city! Opening it, you will see that it noted many interesting places and will now be a footnote explaining that this place what it is interesting, address and a description of how best to get there.
It was in such a common way, that is, on the map, that we studied the city. There was not much time that we could spend in Bangkok, so it was necessary to think and determine the places that we want to visit very quickly. At first we thought to just poke into the map without looking and in such a simple way to determine which attractions we would go to, but there was a great chance of getting into a not very interesting place, so we decided to address the first taxi driver and puzzled him with the demand: "We want to visit the very a beautiful place in Bangkok, take us! "-Temple of Dawn
No sooner said than done. Found a taxi driver in response to our demand slyly squinted, then smiled broadly, showing all far from the Hollywood smile teeth, and then confidently said meow voice that we must go Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun (Wat Arun)Whose name can be translated from Thai as the Temple of Dawn.
Rush, head, and we said it to alarmingly high speed drove to the pier, from which on the river Chao Phraya had to go to the temple.
On the way the taxi driver on the move for us to come up with a great plan. He suggested that when we come to boaters at the dock, he will say that we are his friends, and then the tickets will cost us 200 Baht per person. We replied that it was too much, we have almost come for students and youth exchanges, so that would get cheaper. He walked back and forth for a long time and thought and said: "Well, at 140". Then the taxi driver had disappeared, and the boatman eventually sold us tickets 100.
Caution We encourage accessible by public transport, because the ferries and boats go there early in the morning. There are regular flights until late evening. Ticket prices can be radically different from those that we paid. Sometimes a ticket can cost just 3 Butt!
An essential advantage of our individual travel was that the trip schedule was different from public transport. We had the opportunity to often stop and study the landscapes in detail. Decorations succeeded each other quite often. Then rushing past the poor poor shacks of sea gypsies, the luxurious gilded roofs of temples. Sometimes we stopped to feed the fish. In this river there are even catfish ... We fed them fresh bread, breaking it into pieces. A soft loaf with a ruddy crust could be bought for 10 batt from local traders who swam up to us on a boat ... After such feeding, a lot of hungry catfish immediately swam to the boat ... A very unusual sight ... most of them look very impressive ... in my head sometimes creeping fear that by fighting bread they can easily turn our boat ...
On the way to our Thai boatman diligently I wanted to tell us Temple of the Dawn all sorts of interesting facts, but his Thai English was very difficult to make out, and I knew only that the temple "Veri Veri-BEAUTIFUL Andes important" ... It seems that all this time he retold us quote from Wikipedia that Temple of Dawn - Temple of the Dawn also called The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). It was named in honor of the god Aruna - Indian god of dawn. The temple was built in the heyday of Ayutthaya. In 1768 the King of Thailand, Thaksin decided to move the capital to the city of Thonburi vmestke and moved with his army down the river Chao Phraya. One day hike at dawn, he saw an impressive structure. Wat Arun is so impressed the king that he had decided that it would be his residence.
Another story of the boatman, it became clear that we had come too late, as the most spectacular temple looks early in the morning. Then this erudite Thai decided to reassure us, and added that at the sunset temple also looks very nice. It's no wonder Wat Arun is translated as the Temple of Dawn, though the Morning ...
What can I add ... It does not matter what time of day, hours, minutes, seconds ... I have not seen a more beautiful temple! He simply staggering ... this architecture ... Its tower Pagoda, impressive for its incredible height of 79 meters !!!
It is worth noting that the entrance to Wat Arun charge. Tickets cost 20-30 Baht. Temple is open from morning till half 7 six.
How best to get there?
The most convenient way - by ferry! From the pier, or №8 Tha Tien (Tha Tian), which resides behind the Royal Grand Palace. If you decide to take a taxi, tell the driver that you need to Wat Arun.
Seeing this beautiful building, which can be safely called a work of art ... I just was shocked, shocked, amazed, impressed on the list of adjectives expressing admiration ... He's just perfect !!!
All the walls are decorated with flowers ... They are made of porcelain, but different ... Each flower has a small filigree parts ... All this temple, as if from a fairy tale! I went for a long time just looking at the details and thinking how it all indescribably beautiful and finely made ... ... Went to touch everything, worrying that something could break off or ruin ... The temple has a religious meaning. As I said, the tower of Wat Arun is a very tall pagoda, whose four sides are adjacent smaller, symbolizing the four continents in the ocean.
Residents of Thailand believe that in this tower that is the symbol of the temple-mountains measures - the center of all spiritual and material universe in Buddhism, living gods ...
Anyone who wants, can climb the tower on the stairs. However, to the very top, but only to the bottom ... But this is also quite high. The staircase is very slanted, and the steps are narrow. Therefore, climb - not the most difficult. Going down is much worse ... Therefore, it is worthwhile beforehand to take care of comfortable and not slippery shoes ... The ladder is made in such a cool way. Its bias symbolizes the complexity of achieving higher being. Overcome the difficult climb climber is the opportunity to enjoy the entire panorama of the complex. You will immediately notice the guardian monsters guarding the chambers of the temple ...
Among the tourists scurrying for the temple monks in bright orange robes ... The atmosphere in the complex can be called a real temple. The monks do not mind to take a picture. However, when I approached the Thai boy, they gesture made me realize that I'm a girl, so must keep their distance, and closer approach is not necessary
In spring and summer the locals organize evening in the temple complex light shows with music. If you want, you can stay on such a show. It begins 7, 8, 9, 9.30 evening.
Once again I say that I was not able to see the temple early in the morning, but in the evening he indescribably beautiful and magical ... it is especially impressive against the backdrop of the sunset colored the sky! I hope that soon I will catch up and see Wat Arun in the morning sun, whose rays play on the colored porcelain faces ...