The temple was built in the Ayutthaya period. The Prang of Wat Arun, Khmer style, is recognized worldwilde for its magnificence. There were many names that the temple had been called such as Wat Makok, Wat Makok Nok, Wat Chaeng and Wat Arn Rachataram. Its final name was “Wat Arun Racha Wararam during the reign of King Rama IV.
The art and architecture of the temple complex are worth exploring; particularly Phra Prang which underwent a major restoration during the reign of King Rama V. The prang was ornamedted with splendid mosaics of tiny pieces of Chinese ceramics.
On the top of the tower, it offers stunning views of the Chao Phraya River. The ubosot built in late Ayutthaya architectural style is a remarkable architecture in the reign of King Rama II.
The vihara enshrines the Principal Buddha statue, ‘Phra Buddha Chamnphunut Mahaburus Lakkana Asitayanubophit and Phra Aruhn or Phra Chaeng, the Buddha image which was bought from Vian Chan.
The temple is also a hot spot to watch sunset. If you would like to watch a beautiful sunset in Bangkok, I suggest Wat Arun. There are many rooftop restaurants and bars on the opposite site of the temple. People will come to the restaurants for dinner and drinks while watching sunset with the temple and Chao Phraya River in the background.