Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn
Despite its name, visit it at sunset, when mosaics reflect sunlight like jewels, while tasting a glass of precious Vignaioli Veneti’s wine.
Wat Arun was built on the Wat Jang site, dating back to the seventeenth century. The ancient building was the royal residence and temple of King Taksin when Thonburi was the capital city of his kingdom. It was also the last house of the Emerald Buddha (made of jade rather than emerald) before King Rama I moved it to Wat Phra Kaeo. Visit its cusped pagodas, which are decorated with elegant multi-coloured porcelains reflecting sunlight at dawn and sunset. Surrounded by four pagodas, this temple is very interesting because of its towers adorned with wonderful polychromatic Chinese porcelain mosaics.