Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

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This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single-pointedness of mind sought by adepts. Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four-corner prang of Wat Arun, which house images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism.

The main highlight of Wat Arun is undoubtedly the grand pagoda, or prang in Thai influenced by Khmer-style pagoda, the 67-meter-tall pagoda is made of cement covered by million pieces of China porcelains. It is surrounded by four smaller pagodas.

Belief

There is a belief that worshiping the Prang at Wat Arun Ratchawararam will bring eternal happiness and prosperity just like the name of this temple, the dawn of a new day.  Worshiping the Prang can be done by walking around the Prang three times in a clockwise direction (Dakkhinavatta ) holding three joss slicks and a pair of candles.  Worshipers should contemplate the Buddhist doctrine of the Four Noble Truths of the enlightened Buddha consisting Dukkha (suffering), Samudaya (end of suffering), Nirodha (arising of suffering) and Magga (way leading to the end of suffering).  Only by learning and practicing this Dhamma can a person achieve the true success.