Wat Arun – The view across the Chao Phraya river
When I went to Thailand for the first time, I was 21 years old. At that time, I was much thinner than now. I also had a full head of hair. My height hasn’t changed even 1cm, though. So, now, I’m short and overweight, and I have thin hair, but it is not a problem. There are lots of men like me in Japan. The most famous animated character that represents Japan is also like me. His name is Doraemon. I think there aren’t any people in Thailand who don’t know Doraemon. Thai people like to call people by their nicknames, so when I don’t want to give them my real nickname, I often introduce myself as Doraemon. If I were thin and tall, I would not be able to introduce myself like this. Although it is not very cool, I can enjoy traveling if they smile at me.
Anyway, I have digressed, I was young at that time. I didn’t care about sightseeing in Thailand. I was only thinking but hanging out in the town at night, so I used to sleep in cheap and dark hotels in the daytime in Bangkok. However, even person like me still had places to go sightseeing. For me, only three places, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun (today’s subject).
For the Japanese, Wat Arun is known by another name, “Akatsuki no Tera”. It also called “The Temple of Dawn” in English. These three names have the same meaning. The reason why Japanese call it “Akatsuki no Tera” is that it is known from the title of a novel written by Japanese writer, Yukio Mishima. Of course, the scene of the novel is Bangkok, and “Akatsuki no Tera” means exactly Wat Arun. “Akatsuki no Tera” also sounds more romantic for the Japanese. That’s why Japanese like to call it “Akatsuki no Tera”, and also like to visit there.
Actually, I also like to go to Wat Arun. However, it is always crowded there, so I usually just look at it from across the Chao Phraya river. I like to look at the sight of boats coming and going along the river in front of Wat Arun. That sight makes me feel like I’m really in Bangkok at that time.
Today, I wrote about unnecessary things too much. I’m going to show a picture of Wat Arun that I took from across the Chao Phraya river here. I’ll show a picture from inside Wat Arun some other time.