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Ordination  Hall The original hall built during the time of King Rama II was in the late Ayutthaya style. Later the structure became elongated, similar to the style of King Rama I, with re dented pillars. They bear elongated lotus capitals lacquered and gilt. The bases of the pillar are raised on platforms. The ordination hall was built of brick and mortar with roof of wooden beams and ceramic tiles. The gable board is gilded and decorated with glass mosaic. The walls between the windows bear murals of the ten previous lives of the Buddha. Above the windows on the northern side, the mural paintings are from the life of the Buddha. In the south is Vessantara Jataka. The originals were destroyed by fire in the reign of Rama V. He had them redone in relatively modern style. The face of the presiding Buddha image, cast in the reign of Rama II, is said to have been moulded by His Majesty himself. The ashes of King Rama II are buried in the base of the image. In front of the hall is a throne between the two doors. The throne is of very decoratively carved wood-work, gilded and decorated with glass mosaic. Before the ordination hall at the entrance stand two demon guardians; the white one called Sahassa Decha and the green one Thosakan ( or Ravana ), both of which are of stucco decorated with shards of coloured ceramics. They are similar to the demons in the temple of the Emerald Buddha. Those of Wat Arun date from the time of King Rama III.

Phra Wihan Khot ( Gallery of Cloister)  This was built around the ordination hall during the time of King Rama II, of brick and mortar with roof of ceramic tiles. There are rows of Buddha images insides the gallery in the style of Subduing Mara which date from King Rama II's period. The portals on four sides are very pleasingly designed. Pillars are topped with gilded lotuses. Between the pillars and the body of the building there are stone images made by Chinese artists. They were brought from China as ballast in trading junks. The royal artist, Prince Naris praised this gallery as the most perfect of its kind.

Phar Wihan  This is an original Thon Buri period hall, reconstructed in the time of Rama II. King Rama II ordered the decoration of the outer walls with ceramic tiles in falling floral pattern. There are two significant Bussha images inside this hall; the main image cast in copper contains a relic of the Buddha in its breast; the smaller bronze placed in front of the first was brought from Vientiane in A.D. 1858.

Wat Arun, Ordination Hall,Phra Wihan Khot , Gallery of Cloisters, Video of Wat Arun

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