Since I was last in Bangkok I’ve been looking forward to visiting Wat Arun, it’s one of the places that I’d hoped to go then and couldn’t fit in. As soon as I showed Pete the photo he wanted to go too.
(This is how it’s supposed to look)
It’s position right on the river and it’s unusual design make it so striking! We had planned a day on the river with a pass on the ferries and this was where we headed first. As we turned the bend in the river we caught a glimpse of the main spire…
covered in scaffolding!
That’s right, the whole temple is being refurbished and so will be covered in scaffolding for up to three years. You can see how amazing it will look when it’s complete, the bright white is so striking, compared to the drab grey.
The bit to the left of me has already been painted, the photo below has not…
Nonetheless it was pretty disappointing for us to see it like this 🙁 we still went in anyway but it doesn’t have quite the impact that it should. Normally you’d be able to climb the stairs right up to the top and get amazing views as well…
Slightly disappointed we decided to make the most of our ferry pass and go all the way down the river to Central, take in the sights on the way and get off to visit a random Wat (temple) that was on the map. Turned out to be an awesome decision. It was huge and in an really intriguing part of town with a huge derelict skyscraper behind it.
There was an ancient temple, protected from the elements from an extra tin roof,
a huge stone boat with a Buddha hidden at the top
and an entire hall filled with incredible monk sculptures, some of them were wax and looked so lifelike. (No photos allowed in there though)
Finally, there was a section on the river with fish for sale, the idea that Buddhists are supposed to buy a bucket of live fish and release them back into the river. This effectively gives them good karma and rights some of the wrongs they may have done in life.