I would recommend spending at least an hour visiting the temple.
Although it’s known as the Temple of the Dawn,
it's absolutely stunning at sunset, particularly when lit up at night.+
Head into the ordination hall and you can admire a golden Buddha image and the detailed murals that decorate the walls. Although Wat Arun is very popular for tourists, it’s also an important place of worship for Buddhists. Make sure you dress appropriately or pick up one of the cover-ups that are available for rent near the entrance.
Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. It’s believed that after fighting his way
out of Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he arrived at
this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed
it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha
before the capital and Palace was moved to the other side of the river. This can now
be seen at the Grand Palace.
The central prang was extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851)
and is now one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It was also Rama III who added the
decoration of the spires with porcelain so that they glimmer in the sunshine.
If taking a boat across the Chao Phraya River. There is a hotel called Sala Rattanakosin
which is well known to tourists. It might be a boutique hotel, but half of this four-story
renovated shop-house is dedicated to dining in full view of the riverside’s star attraction,
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Pull up a seat on the outdoor terrace to feast on a menu
that goes down two routes: one, elegantly plated Thai classics and regional specialties;
the other, Western bistro food. For us though, the highlight is its rooftop bar—the perfect
place for sipping a great selection of cocktails.
Only 4 baht to take a boat across the river
Thai souvenir shop
returning on the short river crossing there are many places to eat / drink and enjoy view
of the temple, we visit Sala Rattanakosin Eatery & Bar - tourism directory https://thaibis.family/SalaRattanakosin
2 min video Sala Rattanakosin
1. Wat Arun - Famous temple of Dawn on Chao Phraya river opposite grand Palace
Wat Arun is a most popular tourist Icon on Chao Phraya river Bangkok, SM hub https://thaibis.family/watarun
2. Sala Rattanakosin - Eat and sleep on the river opposite Wat Arun
Sala Rattanakosin is a small boutique hotel on the Chao Phraya river opposite famous Wat Arun temple of dawn, the hotel boasts a chic 4th flr rooftop open air bar restaurant for the most chill view of Wat Afrun and passing diner boats ... SM hub https://thaibis.family/SalaRattanakosin