The Wat Arun has two other names, one simple and one not-so-simple. The simple one is the English-language translation – ‘The Temple of Dawn’. Now comes the difficult one - Wat Arunratchawararam, which is just another Thai name signifying pretty much the same. And I do not even want to think about the number of orthographic errors in that one! Surprisingly, the name comes from the Indian, not Thai, word Aruna, which is the name for the goddess of dawn. It was formerly known as Wat Makok and Wat Jaeng.
Formerly, the temple housed the emerald Buddha statue, but that was moved to another temple. What we can see today still inspires. Wat Arun has a typical prang, based on two terrace...Read More