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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  • Yet another wonderful Bangkok temple with adjoining areas making it a pleasant experience. These days it is difficult to avoid the masses of tourists (Especially Chinese) but it is certainly worth a c...  more »
  • Interesting this temple for the difference to be done in Carrara white marble temple though like everyone else.
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  • I joined a private tour to The Marble Temple and I can say this is a must visit place in Bangkok. This place is less crowded but very nice temple. I spend about an hour in this temple and would recomm...  more »
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  • Good Buddhist Temple. Its also called The Marble Temple. Very Beautifully constructed and is a major tourist Attraction.
  • 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 also called Marble Temple. Very nicely constructed. Very beautiful.
  • Wat Benchamabophit is known to most visitors as the Marble Temple. In addition to the many adornments in Ubosot, you will also find the main Buddha statue called Phra Phutthachinnarat . A highlight is the local Bodhi tree, which is an offshoot of the Bodhi tree from Bodhgaya in India (Buddha's place of enlightenment). This was handed over to the king of Thailand after the pilgrimage of a prince in India. For over 100 years, this tree is already on the temple and can still be visited today. Opening hours: 8.00 - 17.30 Admission: 20 baht
  • The incredible marble material with symmetric structure and golden Buddha image made this temple different from the rest of temples in whole country! Also you even could see this temple on the 5 bath coin.
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