Runaway Photo: Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

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Runaway Photo: Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand


*Location : Wat Arun(Temple of Dawn), Bangkok, Thailand

*Occasion : I would deliberately make this shot with this angle, but there was another reason why I had to take it like this. We actually locked out of Wat Arun. I wanted to do at least one touristy thing in Bangkok. Normally I don’t like to be in crowded place or doing what everybody is doing, but some things are just meant to be done. So, we’ve decided to go to Wat Arun. It sounds perfect from the guide book. Got a boat at Central Pier in Saphan Taksin. 14 + 3 baht per person, what a bargain, huh? But the thing was, it was closed by the time we got there. Thought it opens till 10pm and since the name is ‘temple of dawn’, it would be more friendly at night. But no. Open till 10pm means just the communal area, maybe.

When the little boat crossed the river, sun was slowly going down. Just like the name-Temple of Dawn- it looked amazing with a bit of sunset.

We didn’t have a chance to see temple closely but walked around the temple along the fence was just as good as going inside. I enjoyed the whole picture of shrine from the far. It was the view. It looked a lot like Cambodian temple, and outstanding or course.


Visit to see more photos of Wat Arun and river cruise at Runaway Juno flickr page.



Boat mates



Cross the river with Thailand flag



Temple of Dawn, literally.



King of Shadow was watching us!

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Giulia says:

    Amazing angle hun : ) Did u use the Tamron lens?

  2. Great photo of the temple! Hehe, , the guy on the boat does not want his photo taken. And now he’s an Internet star!

    • Juno says:

      Actually I didn’t even look through my view finder when I took then photo. I was sitting up front, so just put my arms in the air, point my camera lens behind me and clicked. And that’s what I got. haha! Yes he didn’t see that’s coming…. 🙂

  3. Tom says:

    I was gonna echo what Leslie said above me – the guy (and the woman behind him, too) don’t look too happy! Did you do something to upset your boatmates? ㅋㅋ

    Awesome photo of the temple, it looks like something from a storybook!

    • Juno says:

      He didn’t see that coming… I think he was just curious since I didn’t even look that direction when I took that photo! lol!

  4. Jeremy B says:

    Juno, those are great photos! Two photos stood out to me – the first one is great. When you first see the fence and then scroll down, it’s a very unusual photo and not what I expected to see. Very creative! I also liked the last one where you captured the shadow of the statue. Very well done!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Jeremy. I was surprised to see my photo as well. I really liked it. God bless my 11-16 lens!! Glad you like it too!! Locked out was luckier for us, I think. It gave me to see the whole picture, not just parts of temples. 🙂

  5. Roy says:

    Great shots, Juno!

  6. Charu says:

    Very nice shots Juno. I love the majestic temple entrance, it really captures the regal feel of Thailand. The last shot with the shadows is my favorite! Very creative and kudos for having the eye to spot it.

  7. ciki says:

    fabulous photos.. i can really feel the vibe! and the 1st shot is the coolest angle i’ve seen in ages.. good for you girl!! xoxo

    • Juno says:

      How sweet of you to say that Ciki! Thanks! Can’t wait to go back to SE Asia, backpacking. Have potential great photography moments there!

  8. jipp says:

    Errrr, I’d say you missed the beautiful scenery of the meandering river of Chao Phraya as viewed from atop the temple. It really is stunning

    • Juno says:

      Oh did I? 🙂 It’s okay. I have a strong feeling that I’m going back to BKK someday soon. I’ll see it then. Thanks for pointing it out!!

  9. Melvin says:

    Great pics Juno! The last one with the shadow is captured perfectly! Nicely spotted!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Melvin. 🙂 I almost lie on the ground cause I was tired, then I saw him on the wall. Totally coincidence but a happy one! 🙂

  10. Sarah Lee says:

    Nice pictures Juno!

  11. Stephen says:

    Maybe I stepped on that guys feet, that’s why he looks so mad.

    Too bad we got locked out of Wat Arun, but it made for a nice photo.

    • Juno says:

      Aw, did you? That explains a lot! It was totally worth to get locked out. We don’t to be around any hectic crowd anyways. It was quiet and slow. And I liked peaceful scenery of the temple too.

  12. Ted Nelson says:

    I just linked this post to my recent effort featuring Wat Aran as my subject of the photos of the week.

  13. Kathy Santana says:

    Have potential great photography moments there! Read below or add a comment… Hehe, , the guy on the boat does not want his photo taken.

  14. Jo says:

    I haven’t seen it during the night yet. I can see from your photos that it’s well worth it!

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