I visit the striking Temple of The Dawn in Bangkok, Thailand.
June 21, 2015
After the golden buddha, we hopped back on the bus to our next destination.
We crossed a busy street (which was exciting with like 39 people on a hectic intersection) and took a ferry across Chao Phraya river to Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn.
Wat Arun, unfortunately was under renovation.
From February to October, too, so it’s not like we could have revisited the next day. This was a huge disappointment, since this particular temple was what I was most looking forward to seeing out of all the temples on our trip. Usually, the temple is sort of like the Eiffel Tower of the east, a large beacon that glows gorgeously at night. You can also usually climb up steeper-than-steep stairs up the side, with views of the Chao Phraya river.
But alas, there was scaffolding covering the temple. We still got to hear the story of the temple, about how it was a landmark for early travelers as they entered into Thailand by boat. Many china merchants (china as in the porcelain) would travel through, but their wares would be damaged along the trip, and they would discard the broken pieces in a pile. The king decided to use the pieces to decorate the temple, and the project resulted in a gorgeous architectural marvel. We still got to see all of the intricate mosaics of the temple.