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A stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn - one of Bangkok’s best known landmarks. It stands on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in the Thon Buri district. Construction of the tallest prang (Khmer-style tower) and four smaller ones was started by King Rama II in the early 1800’s and completed by King Rama III (1824-1851). The towers are supported by rows of decorated demons and monkeys. Narrow steep steps leading to a balcony high on the central tower give great views of the surrounding areas and across the river to the area of the Grand Palace. The central tower is said to be approximately 250 foot high.
Although the towers of Wat Arun are built of brick covered with stucco it’s their decorations that are unique; encrusted in the stucco are thousands of tiny pieces of multicolored Chinese porcelain.
A small crowd was gathering at the side of Wat Arun - initially I thought it was a photo shoot for a model but I was told later that it was an engagement photo shoot.Wat Arun at dusk.