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In the 18th century Bangkok became Siam痴 third capital city, after the first - Sukhothai and the second -Ayutthaya. When Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese, the capital was moved to what is today Bangkok. Yodfa Chulaloke succeeded to the throne and was the 1st Monarch of the present Chakri Dynasty.

Wat Arun was built before Bangkok became capital and is one of the few Bangkok temples pre-dating the Chakri Dynasty. When Bangkok first became capital, for a short time the temple hosted the Royal Palace.

Wat Arun, also known as The Temple of the Dawn, is situated on the other side of the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace. This image is of the central prang, and at 67m is said to be the tallest prang of any temple in Thailand. It is decorated with broken pieces of porcelain, which was used as ballast by Chinese ships trading with Siam.

In the WS is a more distant view of the central prang taken just 30 minutes later. Five minutes after that, the thunderstorm started!

My Story
This was our second visit to Bangkok during this trip, but we didn奏 get chance to take many photos. Unfortunately our visit to Thailand coincided with the demonstrations against the government by the red-shirts, and by an early onset of the wet season. The first time we only had time to visit the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha, before a thunderstorm sent us packing back to the hotel. Also it was so unbelievably busy, it was impossible to take decent photos unless you only wanted to take pictures of rooftops. All the pushing and bumping wasn稚 very good for motivation either. The second time was our last day before flying home in the evening, and was when we visited Wat Arun. It was the same day that Asian governments had a summit meeting in Pattaya, so the red shirts had gone there for the day and succeeded in stopping the meeting. The very next day after we left, the demonstrations returned to Bangkok and that was the start of the casualties.

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