On the second day in Bangkok, we went to see Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn. It is built in the Khmer Style and totally different in design than almost any other temple that we saw.
Getting to this temple was very interesting. We took a river taxi! It was a very fun ride and watching the buildings along the river banks gave much insight to this culture.
Once we arrived at Wat Arun, we spent some time walking around. The temple is behind a wall. It was a beautiful structure to look at, but once we all crossed the thresh hold taking us from outside the wall to inside the wall and looking at the temple, the spiritual forces could be felt. Most of us had some sort of reaction to those forces and as a group we decided it would be best to just view it from the outside rather than hike the stairs up and see the inside of the temple.
There is a small market outside the temple wall where we were able to do some shopping. Most of us were thankful that the spiritual attack was not greater than it was and for God’s protection of His children while in this area.
It was a rather warm day while we were visiting here which also affected many of us. However while we were at the market, a young Asian elephant was lead into an adjacent area. We were able to feed the elephant which was about 6 years old. Very fun!
After a busy day, we were glad to have some down time and get ready to travel to Cha Am.