Arun Ratchavararam

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Wat Arun Ratchavararam

Even without the sacred statue, Wat Arun continued to be much revered amongst the people. Monks were allowed to return during the rule of Rama I, the first King of the Chakri dynasty, who disestablished Wat Chaeng as the royal temple when he moved the capital across the river to what is today downtown Bangkok. Later, King Rama II restored the temple to its former glory and changed its name to Wat Arun Rachatharam.

During the reign of Rama III, the Prang was raised to an astonishing height of 67 meters, making it the highest one in Thailand even today. As an exponent of art and architecture, this sovereign completed the restoration of the temple structure with the adornment of small pieces of fine China glinting in the sun. The name of the temple was changed once again to Wat Arun Ratchavararam.

 

Wat Arun and the Royale procession
 
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