Hey Hiveians and Steemians,
today my Post will be about the Wat Arun, or better said about its surroundings - because there is a lot to discover. Actually we could also call the whole area around Wat Arun a sight ;) About Wat Arun and our sightseeing I have also made a post, you can have a look at it in the posts below.
On the first picture you can see an archway with crown on the side. This is the entrance portal with yaksha guards.
This is the entrance portal to the Ubosot, it lies north of the Phra Prang. It consists of a baroque entrance gate covered with a crown (Mongkut). The portal is decorated with coloured ceramics. At the entrance there are two cells, in which statues of two men, Nai Ruang and Nai Nok, who had a reputation of special piety, are standing. In front of the portal there are two huge faience-covered statues of guards (yakshas). They correspond to the statues which guard the entrances in Wat Phra Kaeo. Be sure to have a look there - although you will probably pass by there anyway when you visit Wat Arun ;)
On this picture you can see a small part of a park. The park does not surround Wat Arun completely, but invites you to relax and recover. At the pier there are still many souvenir stands (which are really almost at every corner), but also many smoothie shops, which you should try out. I can also highly recommend to drink directly from a fresh coconut. It is organic and tastes much better than packed coconut milk!
A little tip: You should definitely be there before 10am. In Bangkok we mostly slept in and started the day very relaxed - but then we didn't get to Wat Arun until about 12 o'clock or 13 o'clock at noon. At this time it is very crowded as you can imagine. It has not disturbed us, but it is bestim also nice to visit Wat Arun at the sunrise.
The entrance to the temple costs 50 Bat, which is definitely worth it! Afterwards you might want to stroll through the side streets, here it is less crowded and you can expect a little more of the "real" Bangkok away from the many tourists.
and this is probably the fastest way to get to Wat Arun:
Who has visited the royal palace or Wat Pho (about this I have reported in my last post), finds Wat Arun exactly on the opposite bank side of the Chao Praya river. There you get the easiest and cheapest way over the express boat line at the ThaTien Pier to Thonburi. The crossing with the water taxi takes 5 minutes and costs 5 Baht per person. If you have your own car, you can simply take the Arun Amarin Road.
Currently, I have found out that the temple and most of the complex is closed because of covid 19.
I hope that you liked my post and I looking forward your feedback!