TEMPLE OF DAWN IN THE HEART OF THE CITY


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It's almost Spring here in London! I'm thrilled about it and it brings a big grin to my face whenever I pass a blooming tree or bush, like I am ecstatic and life suddenly feels full of joy and happiness again. I'm weird. But they say that is what the gloom in London does to you. To be honest, I haven't even felt the gloom that much here, so it's easy to say I've been very comfortable and very, happy. I miss the heat! I can't remember the last time I was sweating the shit out of myself apart from going through thousands of market stalls in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. Or enjoying a hot bowl of Pork Ribs Soup for breakfast in a stuffy hawker centre in Singapore. It feels like it's been too long, and yet, I don't want to go home, unless it is for a holiday. My fondest memories holidaying in Asia usually come from time spent in Bangkok. So I thought since I have some backlog of photos from my time there last December, I'll share this set from the time I visited Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

I think for many Singaporeans who frequent a city like Bangkok, we never really fully appreciate how much Thailand is such a cultural and religious city. We go there for the weekend markets, the breathtaking malls and the epic food. When I suggested to a friend that I really wanted to see Wat Arun for myself again, we were more than ready to spend a morning not shopping, or not hanging around at a restaurant (seems like that's all we ever do in the city). I think it's been at least 10 years since I've been a tourist in Bangkok. Going to a touristy place, taking a gazillion photos, absorbing the beauty and grandeur of the temple amongst other tourists with cameras strapped around their necks.

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This temple, is breathtaking. One of the reasons I never really bothered with temples in Thailand whenever I went is because I was brought up a Christian. I was curious about the photos I had seen of the Wat Arun Ratchawararam, or the countless of times I drove past. It is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Thailand, located on the west of the Chao Phraya River. What blew me away after panting my way through the steepest slopes of steps I had ever climbed was the beautifully encrusted porcelain all around the stupa-like pagoda. I learnt that the towers of the temple are decorated with seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. Thailand is such a religious country, and it really feels nice to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city like Bangkok at one of their temples.

I won't go into details about the history of the temple but as touristy as it sounds, it IS stunning. And it is a fun activity to do with friends and family climbing up and down the steep steps and enjoying the view of the city from the top. Access Wat Arun from the Chao Phraya River, so you enjoy a quick boat ride sipping on coconut juice you can get from any of the stalls around the river, and then spend a few hours admiring this beautiful place.

If you're heading to Bangkok, make sure you check out my guide here