Saturday, February 23, 2019

BKK Temple Run: Wat Arun, Wat Intharawihan, Wat Pho and Grand Palace

» Wat Arun «

Wat Arun, known as Temple of Dawn, is located in the west side of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok because of its architecture and ambiance especially at night. It is almost directly opposite of Wat Pho and it's very easy to get to.



📍 How to get there? 

Ride a BTS and take off at Saphan Taksin station, Exit 2. Look for the Sathorn Pier and take a ferry boat to Pier No. 8, Tha Tien. After getting of the boat, hop on a small shuttle that takes you to the opposite side of the river for THB 3.

💸 How much?

The entry of to the temple is THB 50. If you would like to experience wearing Thai costume, you can get it as low as THB 100.



⏰ Opening Hours

The temple is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.

👍 Recommended?

I would like to recommend spending at least an hour visiting the temple. We visited this temple at 8:15 am to 9:15 am when there are only small crowds.

📔 Notes

Be cautious if you want to climb the central prang because the steps are very steep. Make sure you dress appropriately. There are few cover ups for rent near the entrance.


» Wat Intharawihan «

Wat Intharawihan, known as the Luangpor Toh, is soaring 32-meters high standing Buddha built of brick and stucco. It took over 60 years to complete because it is decorated in glass mosaics and 24-carat gold.



📍 How to get there? 

Ride a tuktuk or take a taxi to get there. The location is 114 Wisut Kasat Road, Banglamphu, Old City (Rattanakosin).

💸 How much?

There is no entrance fee.

⏰ Opening Hours

The temple is open daily from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.

📔 Notes

We just spent 30 minutes roaming around the place.


» Wat Pho «

Wat Pho, known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is located across Wat Arun and behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is one of the largest temple in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 15 meters tall and 46 meters long.

It is also well-known as a centre for traditional massage and medicine. You can drop in for a traditional Thai massage or even sign-up for short-term course after exploring the temple.



📍 How to get there? 

Ride a BTS and take off at Saphan Taksin station, Exit 2. Look for the Sathorn Pier and take a small shuttle boat to Pier No. 8, Tha Tien.

💸 How much?

The entry of to the temple is THB 200 (as of February 2019). It comes with a free bottled water.

⏰ Opening Hours

The temple is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. The massage school is available from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm only. The last order is until 6:00 pm only.

👍 Recommended?

I would like to recommend spending at least an hour visiting the temple. We visited this temple at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.



📔 Notes

This temple is one of the visited temples in Bangkok so all visitors must wear appropriate clothing.



» Grand Palace «

Grand Palace, build under King Rama I in 1782, was once home to the royal family, the royal court and the government administration for over 150 years. The whole area consists of the Outer Court, the Middle Court, the Inner Court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew.


Photo from Bangkok.com
📍 How to get there? 

Ride a BTS and take off at Saphan Taksin station, Exit 2. Look for the Sathorn Pier and take a small shuttle boat to Pier No. 9, Tha Chang Pier.

Or if you're from Wat Pho, just walk for around 550 meters or 10-minutes.

💸 How much?

The entry of to the temple is THB 500 (as of February 2019). It is free for Thai citizens.

⏰ Opening Hours

The temple is open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

👍 Recommended?

I would like to recommend to allocate at least 1-2 hours to wander around.

📔 Notes

It is the most sacred place in all place in Thailand so a strict dress code is applied. You must dress properly.There are cover ups for rent near the entrance.

We failed to venture the Grand Palace at that time but I'll make sure to go there soon.



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