Ayutthaya and Wat Arun

Just before I flew out to Perth we visited Wat Arun in Bangkok and Ayutthaya, 80 kilometres north of the capital.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple (wat) on the west bank of the Chao Praya River in Bangkok.

The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Auruna.

Wat Arun is known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’ because the first light of the morning reflects of the surface of the temple with a pearly iridescence. Although the wat has existed since the 17th century its distinctive spires were built in the early 19th century during the reign of King Rama II.

It has recently been restored.

Ayutthaya – Ancient Capital

The city of Ayutthaya is about 80 kilometres north of Bangkok. It was capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port, from 1350 until razed by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues. The park is on an island between three rivers.

It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Outstanding Universal Value.

 

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