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Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok

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Wat Ratchabophit or formally Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Ratcha Wara Maha Wihan is a Buddhist temple located in on Atsadang Road, Bangkok, along Khlong Lot, not far from Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. The temple was built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).ArchitectureInside the templeThe temple features a unique layout, with its wiharn and ubosot joined by a circular courtyard, at the center of which stands a gilded chedi. The golden chedi (43m high) is covered with orange-coloured tiles and on top of the chedi, there is a golden ball. There is a relic of Buddha inside and the chedi was built in Sri Lankan style. The ordinal hall has 10 door panels and 28 window panels each decorated with gilded black lacquer on the inside.The interior of the temple or bod, is inspired by gilded Italian architecture that Rama V saw on a visit to Europe. The entrance doors are 3m high and are decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl, which represents various medals and decorations. The drum tower is a two-storeyed one with hectogonal spires decorated with Benjarong ceramic nagas and Erawan heads.Royal CemeteryOn the west end of the temple grounds is the Royal Cemetery, with numerous monuments to major and minor members of the Royal Family, most notably those in the immediate family of King Chulalongkorn. One of the memorials, the Rangsi Vadhana Memorial, contains the ashes of Mahidol Adulyadej, Srinagarindra and Galyani Vadhana. A Christian church is on the grounds, as are many chedis and Khamer-face towers.
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  • A find find this temple. Both the exterior as the interior beauty. And if in addition joins all the mystique that lies in the monuments and tombs that surround it, it is beautiful. The temples I visited, is among the three most they liked.
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  • The big Canal measuring tube. Near the Ministry of Interior. There is a beautiful large pagoda. Near the temple there is a statue of King Rama 5. Inside the ubosot Buddha pradit golden sand.
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  • Just walk across "Pi Kun" bridge from Wat Ratchapradit to Wat Ratchabophit, this historic royal temple was built by the King Rama V in 1869 with unique interior of the Ubosot is guilded Italian archit...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok. Photos do no justice, this looks even more beautiful in person.
  • Peaceful place !!!!! Monk will pray daily at 8am. and 5pm. at the Ubosot (main building).
  • Nice and quiet. As peaceful as you expect it to be.
  • Wat Ratchabophit was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1869 and be a Royal Cemetery (for major and minor members of the Royal Family). It's located not far from Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. This beautiful temple is one of my favorite place. Eventhough the temple is quite small but rich of unique design and architecture especially the inside temple. Notice that the high entrance doors of the temple are beautiful decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl, which represents various medals and decorations. Recommended to visit ....
  • A beautiful temple with the royal family cemetry.

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