Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahaviharn (Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn)
Enjoy the contemporary art festival amidst national heritage architecture like ‘Wat Arun Ratchawararam’ where is located on the bank of Chao Praya River, eye-catching on sunset beam reflecting on the stupa (Prang) with local’s way of life along the riverside. The great sacred stupa is powerful virtue of the Buddha and unique magnificent from the Buddhist’s art. It is Thailand’s heritage for more than centuries. Wat Arun was restored and renamed Wat Arun Ratchatharam by King Rama II. In the commercial and international trade of Thailand and China, the popular goods are colorful porcelain. During the logistics and transportation, many porcelain goods were damaged. Therefore, the encrusted colorful porcelain were used as decoration to the Prang. It is the perfectly beautiful ceramics contemporary art of that period. The glamour of Wat Arun is its unique antique and traditional. If you cruise along side of Chao Praya River, the Thailand’s greatest and tallest outstanding architecture like Wat Arun will certainly stun your sight. The Prang has its height from base to top at 81.85 metres with the conceptual design of it is symbolises Mount Meru, the central of universe. Corners of the Prang are surrounded by four smaller satellite prang, symbolises its four directions with four continents, in the middle of Sitandorn Sea in Three Worlds, the Buddhist iconography. These conceptual designs of Wat Arun fully represent its virtue of the Buddha. Moreover, a Niramitr Buddha image is located in the Ordination Hall. The Ordination Hall has decorated with Kan-Yang-Kra-Buan-Thai porcelains. There are also many stone sculptures of ancient Chinese Singha, called Ub-Chao situated around the Hall. These stone sculptures had previously been used as ballast by commercial boats. Unsurprisingly, Wat Arun has been ranked as Thailand’s heritage and religious site with its guaranteed world-class reputation. With this prestige architecture, the contemporary art festival has selected ‘Wat Arun Ratchawararam’ to exhibit works of the world’s famous artists. The visitors will not only enjoy the attractiveness of historical Wat Arun, but also experience the world’s leading artists’ works which will create and transform modern and traits of the past atmosphere with the artworks, connecting the visitors back to the old days. Nonetheless, heritage of Thai culture combined with international artworks are powerful and strong enough to arouse your Bliss or not, please prove it with your heart.