Safety First At Wat Arun

No Entry, Wat Arun, Bangkok

After climbing to the second level of Wat Arun in Bangkok this No Entry sign was quite a surprise. The incredibly steep steps required to get to this spot were quite enough for me! I certainly don’t envy whoever has to make it to the top of this ladder for their day job.

I think one of the most important things I’ve learnt as a photographer is to always look up. It’s so easy to miss the captivating things that aren’t at eye level. I saw many people walk right by this sign without a second thought. They simply didn’t see it. But for me it was one of the most incredible sights I laid eyes on whilst visiting this famous Buddhist temple.

The array of colours was fantastic, but I wanted to draw attention to the No Entry sign. In the original shot it became lost in amongst the rest of the detail. I decided to isolate the yellow by reducing the saturation of every other colour in the shot. I think it works well here, but I’ll be sure to post a full colour image in the future that does the temple justice!

Have you visited Wat Arun? Maybe you fancy climbing this ladder?! Got any great shots in which you’ve looked up to get a different perspective? Please get in touch!

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13 thoughts on “Safety First At Wat Arun

  1. Heyjude

    It surprises me how many people do not look up, they miss all sorts of interesting things. I love the way you have processed this image Ben. Great way to show off that sign and incredibly wonky ladder. Wouldn’t get me up there!
    Jude xx

    1. Ben Post author

      They are certainly missing out! Thanks Jude, I spent a good while working on this one. I knew that I liked the composition but it wasn’t telling the story I wanted it to. I’m glad it worked for you 🙂

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Laura. It’s even funnier given that I’m not sure I saw any other safety related signage during our two weeks in Thailand. I’m not so sure they need to warn people about this one, I think it’s pretty obvious!

    1. Ben Post author

      It’s definitely a real building! But I agree it does have an otherworldly feel to it. It’s decoration is fantastic! Quite different to Orthanc I would imagine…


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