Wat Arun to reopen after three-year-long restoration

Renovations to secure the base of the pagoda

Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn pagoda, also known as Wat Arun, will officially reopen this year-end after a three-year closure for repairs and renovation.

Under direction from Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, Wat Arun started undergoing renovation over three years ago, specifically to secure the base of a 66.8m-high pagoda decorated with seashells and bits of Chinese porcelain, the main feature of the temple.

Renovations to secure the base of the pagoda

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand, said: “This was the biggest repair and renovation work to take place on the temple in recent memory using the latest restoration technology.”

The completion of renovations will be commemorated in a 10-day long celebration from December 27, 2017 to January 5, 2018. The festivities will include a tribute to King Taksin, who ordered the previously mentioned restoration of the temple during his reign, along with Thai dance performances and an exhibition on the temple’s history.

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