Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), Bangkok

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Admire the white marble walls and columns, high decorative gables, and red-stepped roofs of Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), a Buddhist temple representative of Bankok's ornate style and renowned for its beauty. Experience monks praying and chanting, wander through a cloister lined with 52 images of Buddha, and enjoy some quite reflection in the tranquil gardens, through which a small canal runs. Built in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn, the name translates as "the temple of the fifth King" located nearby Dusit Palace. Plan a trip to Bangkok easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • The Marble Temple is quite different from most of the other temples. It’s not adorned with sparkling glass, for example. What you get instead is a temple that has a quiet elegance. It’s grand, but it ...  more »
  • Although he is not among the most famous of the temples of Bangkok, in my opinion is one of those who are essential. If you get a chance, come to visit this temple, also called the marble temple since the material used in its construction is authentic Italian Carrara marble. Its architecture is spectacular, being of the few temples that combines traditional Thai elements with elements of European influence. The marble shines in all its glory and worth worth explore all its rooms. We had the fortune to coincide with a religious celebration with a multitude of monks, a spectacle of colorful we enjoyed during our visit. That Yes, this resulted in that we saw the temple with many more people than usual (it is a temple with many tourists, but not as much as what they can find you in the best-known temples in Thailand's capital). It is one of those attractions that are less known but, without a doubt, do not fail to see, highly recommended. It should take into account the schedule of visits, since the closing is at 18:00 o'clock. Greetings to all travelers.
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  • This is one of the "Kings' Temple" and is decorated with marble left from buildng one of the palace. It's serene and the architecture is divine. A must-see attraction in old town.  more »
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  • The place here is awesome. The environment here is also very pleasant. Must vist with family.
  • This is amazing temple in bangkok. If you miss this you will be very disappointed when you see the pictures of her some day. There is beautiful budha statu in the main hall. Thai people come here and pray their luck. The enterance fee is 50thb. It worth more than that. And there are many surrounding buildings. Don't miss it.
  • Good place to visit, the marble temple that can easy to go when you're in Bangkok. Interior decorations is very nice and very beautiful temple (marble from Italy). You can plan to go here same day with The Grand Palace trip, because it's not far if you're plan to go with The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun(Temple of dawn) and you can experience ferry across Chaopraya River at Ta Tien and Wat Arun. Nice and recommend.
  • In Dusit District you will find Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram ~ I visited this Temple in July 2011 and I must say it it is spectacular Temple. There is plenty to see here having well laid out grounds and a stream running through the centre. In the grounds you will find a very large Bodhi tree standing in all its glory at the rear of one of the buildings. It is a Buddhist temple ( or Wat as its known in Thailand ). It is also known as the marble temple, it is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction. It typifies Bangkok's ornate style of high gables, stepped out roofs and elaborate finials. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby. The temple's name literally means the Temple of the fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace. It was designed by Prince Naris, a half-brother of the king, and is built of Italian marble. It has display of carrarra marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large singhas ( lions ) guarding the entrance. The interiors are decorated with crossbeams of lacquer and gold, and in shallow niches in the walls of paintings of important Stupa’s all over the country. Inside the ordination hall ( ubosot ) is a Sukhothai style Buddha statue named Phra Buddhajinaraja, cast in 1920 after the original located in Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok. The main Buddha image is a copy of Phra Buddha Chinarat that resides in Phitsanulok in northern Thailand. In the gallery surrounding the ordination hall are 52 Buddha statues each showing different signs, collected by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab for his king. The site contains the Benchamabophit National Museum. Merit makers come to the monks of the temple for getting alms every morning. The ubosot of the marble temple was designed by Prince Narisara Nuvativongse, half brother of King Chulalongkorn. It is built from carrara marble imported from Italy, hence the name marble temple. The entrance is marked by four impressive marble pillars, and even the large courtyard is made of shiny white marble. The temple is a magnificent example of the Bangkok architectural style. The white marble and the golden decorated windows give the ubosot a beautiful appearance, especially in the sunlight. The Bodhi tree or the so called Phra Sri Mahabodhi is significant to Buddhist’s as the Buddha attained the enlightenment under this tree more than 2500 years ago. The bodhi tree growing at this Temple at the rear of the Uposatha Hall was taken from India more than 100 years ago ( 1891 ) by H.R.H. Prince Damrong Rajanubhab. King Chulalongkorn had presided over the planting of the Bodhi tree on 2nd August 1900. Some more structures around the Wat are the abbots living quarters and a bell tower. The Wat Benchamabophit is an active temple, the monks private living quarters are across the canal separated from the temple area. Starting around 6 am, people from outside the temple come here to bring food offerings to the monks unlike other temples, where the monks go out on the street to receive food. How to get to the Wat Benchamabophit The Wat Benchamabophit is located on the intersection of Thanon Rama V and Thanon Si Ayutthaya. Since there is no BTS Sky Train or MRT Subway station nearby, the best way to get there is by taxi. A visit to the marble temple can easily be combined with the Vimanmek Mansion and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, since they are just a few hundred metres away. Admission & opening hours The temple is open daily from 8 am until 5:30 pm. Admission is 20 Thai Baht. Address 69 Rama V Road, Chitralada, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300, Thailand
  • Good Buddhist Temple. Its also called The Marble Temple. Very Beautifully constructed and is a major tourist Attraction.
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