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"Ratri of Wat Arun" Light and Sound Show

Schedule : 1 January-31 December 2002 (free shows daily)

Venue : Around the pagoda of Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamaha Wihan, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok

Origin :
Following the success of the River of Kings Project and widespread tourist interest in the project, as well as the development of important sites on both riverbanks that are decorated with nighttime lighting, the private sector has organized water tourism routes. Wat Arun is a royal temple and a major historical site of Thailand that is over 200 years old. This world-renowned temple is frequented by large numbers of Thai and foreign visitors every year. TAT recognizes the importance of Wat Arun and to develop the variety of tourism activities in Bangkok, the "Ratri of Wat Arun" Light and Sound Show is organized to receive tourists in a permanent and sustainable way.

** click here for details on The Origins of the Wat Arun **

Activities :
- Boats float in front of Wat Arun pier for tourists to enjoy the show or they can stand to see the show in front of the temple.
- The show is a light and sound spectacle that uses a computerized control system.
- The history of the Thai nation from past to present is told in the show.

Nearby Tourist Spots :
- Wichai Prasit Fort (Bangkok Yai)
  was formerly called Wichaiyen Fort or Bangkok Fort. It was built in the time of King Narai the Great.
- The old palace (Bangkok Yai)
  was built in the time of King Taksin the Great. Later King Rama V gave the land to build the Naval Academy. It is currently the location of the Royal Thai Navy Headquarters.
- Wat Khruawan Worawihan (Bangkok Yai)
  is an ancient temple from the Ayutthaya period.
- Wat Moli Lokayaram Ratchaworawihan (Bangkok Yai)
  was the school where King Rama II studied.
- The Royal Barge Museum (Bangkok Noi)
  displays royal barges, artifacts and tools used in royal water ceremonies.
- Sirirat Museum (Bangkok Noi)
  collects a great deal of information, knowledge and examples of medical studies.
- Wat Rakhang Kositaram Woramaha Wihan (Bangkok Noi)
  was built in the Ayutthaya period. King Taksin the Great organized a grand council for the purpose of revising the Buddhist scripture that was taken from Nakhon Si Thammarat.

For more information, contact :
- TAT.
  Tel. (02) 6941222 ext. 1962, fax (02) 6941384

Note : Tourists in groups can select the narration language (about 13 minutes/show) in Thai and English. The show can be viewed inside the temple (free) or from hotel boats (fee charged).

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Wed, 6 March, 2002

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