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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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  • 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 »
  • If you look under the scaffold you can see the elephants that greet you :-) I approached from the canal side and wasn't sure if it was open - it either was or people were being polite! To enter you ca...  more »
  • this beautiful temple was made of marble important from italy about 150 years ago. the thai name is actually marble temple. a must see in bangkok.  more »
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  • Nice and quiet. As peaceful as you expect it to be.
  • Peaceful place !!!!! Monk will pray daily at 8am. and 5pm. at the Ubosot (main building).
  • 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.
  • A little bit smaller than the rest but still very peaceful.