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As voted by the majority, we will visit Wat Pho and Wat Arun on Monday, July 24, 2017. 
we will then have dinner at:

Savoey at Tha Maharaj 
2nd Floor, Building G, Tha Maharaj, Trok Mahathat,
Maharaj Rd. In Rattanakosin Island

Please note that Traditional or polite dress is required, while shorts above the knees are prohibited for woman. 
It is required to take off your shoes and put them on the shelf before entering religious buildings. Women are also prohibited from all areas set aside for monks to perform their rites. 

Wat Pho also spelt Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon DistrictBangkokThailand. It is on Rattanakosin Island, directly south of the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. 
The more commonly known name, Wat Pho, is a contraction of its older name Wat Photaram. The temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined.[7] The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest center for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple. More Information can be found here

Wat Arun Ratchawarara Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun, ("Temple of Dawn") is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama IIMore Information can be found here
*Wat Arun is under renovation but visitors can still go around its external facade.