Wat Benchamabophit - Marble Temple, Bangkok

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    Wat Benchamabophit
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    Wat Benchamabophit - the Marble Temple.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 14, 2013

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    Wat Benchamabophit is also known as the marble temple or, if like me you cannot pronnounce it, Wat Ben.

    King Rama V ordered construction of the marble temple in 1899. The temple is made of carrara marble imported from Italy. The entrance consists of four lovely marble pillars, and the temple's large courtyard is made of shiny white marble. On either side of the entrance is a large stone lion, guarding the temple.

    Inside the temple's ordination hall you will find the main Buddha image of the marble temple, the Phra Buddha Chinnarat. Under this bronze Buddha statue, lie the ashes of King Rama V.

    In the galleries surrounding the ordination hall you will find a display of 52 Buddha images dating from several periods and in various styles.

    How to get to the Wat Benchamabophit
    Wat Benchamabophit is located on the intersection of Thanon Rama V and Thanon Si Ayutthaya. Since there is no BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway station nearby, the best way to get there is by metered taxi. A visit to the marble temple can easily be combined with with the Vimanmek Mansion and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, since they are just a few hundred meters apart.
    Admission & opening hours
    The temple is open daily from 8 am until 5:30 pm. Admission is 20 Thai Baht. As in any temple please dress appropriately, especially since this is one of the temples of highest importance in the country.

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    One of the most impressive temples in Bangkok

    by johnaalex Written Dec 28, 2012

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    I think this is one of the most stylish temples in Bangkok. Constructed using Italian Marble and built around 1900 even when busy with tourists there is a calm atmosphere. Its full Thai name is Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram.

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    Wat Benchamabophit: Italian Marble Temple (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 22, 2012

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    part two of my tips with pictures around the area

    like what i've said, the assorted wats in and aorund bangkok became famous to tourist due to the distinctive thing or something that is found in the Wat or Temple and here in Wat Benchamobophit, the temple was made of italiam marble. Wat Benchamabophit was built in 1899 by Prince Narai, half-brother of Rama V. Thailand's current king spent his days as a monk here before his coronation. Unlike the older temple complexes in Bangkok, the Marble Temple has no central wihaan or chedi. Instead, it has many smaller buildings that combine European influences (such as stained-glass windows) with traditional Thai religious architecture.

    There is a marble courtyard and two large singhas guarding the entrace to the bot. The main bot contains a golden Buddha statue against an illuminated blue backdrop.Beyond the main bot is a cloister containing over 50 bronze Buddha images in many different styles, representing various Buddhist countries and regions. Behind the cloister is a large Bodhi tree, bought from Bodhgaya (where the Buddha found Enlightenment) as a gift for King Chulalongkorn. There is a large vendor area outside the wat that sells assorted thai street foods, souvenir items, beer and religous items too.

    opens: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.
    Admission Fee is 20 baht for foreigners

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    Wat Benchamabophit: Italian Marble Temple (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 22, 2012

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    this will be a two part tip with more pictures inside the wat.

    like what i've said, the assorted wats in and aorund bangkok became famous to tourist due to the distinctive thing or something that is found in the Wat or Temple and here in Wat Benchamobophit, the temple was made of italiam marble. Wat Benchamabophit was built in 1899 by Prince Narai, half-brother of Rama V. Thailand's current king spent his days as a monk here before his coronation. Unlike the older temple complexes in Bangkok, the Marble Temple has no central wihaan or chedi. Instead, it has many smaller buildings that combine European influences (such as stained-glass windows) with traditional Thai religious architecture.

    There is a marble courtyard and two large singhas guarding the entrace to the bot. The main bot contains a golden Buddha statue against an illuminated blue backdrop.Beyond the main bot is a cloister containing over 50 bronze Buddha images in many different styles, representing various Buddhist countries and regions. Behind the cloister is a large Bodhi tree, bought from Bodhgaya (where the Buddha found Enlightenment) as a gift for King Chulalongkorn. There is a large vendor area outside the wat that sells assorted thai street foods, souvenir items, beer and religous items too.

    opens: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday.
    Admission Fee is 20 baht for foreigners

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    THE MARBLE TEMPLE

    by draguza Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    This is a very charming marble temple that was built by King Rama V. The marble that was used to construct the temple was imported from Italy and the temple was designed by the King's younger brother. All Buddha statues in the temple were carefully selected, some are copied from famous Buddha statues from all over the countries. The main statue of Lord Buddha sitting in the main hall was the copy of the famous "Phra Buddha Chinarat" in Pitsanulok province, north of Thailand.

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    My FIRST time...Wat Benchamabophit

    by Greggor58 Written Mar 6, 2011

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    This was the first Wat that I was to visit in Bangkok…known otherwise as the “Marble Temple”, my travel buddy and I stumbled across this kind of accidentally. As I recall we didn’t even access it from the front entrance way, and unintentionally did not pay for entrance until we had made our way around and discovered the main entrance.

    The Ubosoth or chapel if you will…is constructed of Carra marble imported from the Tuscany region of Italy and was founded by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) on 1 March 1900.
    Wat Benchamabophit is a royal monastery and as such contains a large area where Monks have some Spartan like living quarters. You can walk freely about as we did…in this area of the complex…not being overly obtrusive and mindful of where we were, it didn’t seem to be an issue. The “backstreets” of the compound are lined with vegetation, potted plants, and access to the many apartments that are here, just like any apartment complex in any city.

    The whole compound of the Wat is quite beautiful and you’ll even see here a canal that’s criss crossed in a couple of places with striking red painted bridges and Buddha’s carved from stone, a separate covered area where ceremonies are performed using drums and a bevy of concrete walkways that bring you through the immaculately kept grounds.

    The primary structure at Wat Benchamabophit is the Ubosoth Hall where you’ll discover the Phra Buddha Chinnarat Buddah, which in fact is a replica of the Phra Buddha Chinnarat found at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat in Phitsanulok province, about 400 kms north of Bangkok. The original version of this Buddha was cast in the mid 1400’s.Unfortunately I can’t tell you the casting date of the one seen here but it is a striking image. The Buddha is set against a blue painted wall and strikes a memorable image for you to carry with you.
    At the base of this Buddha some ashes of King Rama 5(King Chulalongkorn) are kept and throughout the Ubosoth you’ll see some photos of the man himself.

    At the back end of the Ubosoth you can find a collection of carved statues of Buddha in various reclines. Some are originals and others have been brought here from all around Thailand.

    It was a pleasure to stroll around here and it was NOT a busy attraction when we visited.

    You really should make this a stop during your adventures in Bangkok. Access costs to this Wat again are minimal…I’ve read 20 Baht but most other temples charge 50...either way…it’s a pittance for what you’re able to see here and experience here.

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  • The Marble Temple

    by volopolo Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    Wat Benchamabophit
    "The Marble Temple"

    Located on Si Ayutthaya Road, this unique marble temple was constructed during the reign of King Rama V. Also known as the marble temple, it is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction.


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    Name: Wat Benchamampovit
    Theme - Attraction Type: Wat-Temple, Thai Style houses, small canals, walking in the park and relax.
    Close to: Dusit Zoo
    Location: Near Dusit
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Wat Benchamambovit
    Last Visit: September 2007


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    First Photo: Wat Benchamampovit
    Second Photo: Wat Benchmampovit Ticket

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  • Marble Temple

    by johnglines Written Oct 19, 2009

    Officially named Wat Benjamabophit, the Marble Temple is the last major temple built in Bangkok. Begun by King Rama V in 1900, it was designed by his half-brother Prince Naris. When the temple was finished 10 years later, King Rama V wrote to Prince Naris "I never flatter anyone, but I cannot help saying that you have captured my heart in accomplishing such beauty as this."

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    Wat Benchamabophit

    by limledi Updated Jan 13, 2009

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    Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple) is part of a tour we got from the airport. Costs 500B including the van transfer for 6 pax half day trip. Tour includes 3 temple visits, tailor & jewelry shops. Nice start to get acquainted with Bangkok City. Other temples are Wat Pho & Wat Traimit. Not bad for the price.

    Unique temple built of Italian marble. European in ecclesiastic details but classical Thai in architecture.

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    Marble Temple

    by clueless83 Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    Marble Temple

    We got taken here on a tuktuk tour. Its a pretty temple with neatly kept gardens around it. There is a little stream with bridges crossing over it outside. You can go inside too, we saw people praying to the Buddha. You must remove your shoes before you go inside.
    Not as big an attraction as the Grand Palace but still worth a visit to take lots of stunning photographs.

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    Beautiful Temple

    by nattybabe Written Jun 25, 2008

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    My memories are a bit hazy but I went to the Marble temple after having been on an overnight flight and while waiting to check into my hotel! I arrived there and was immediately pounced upon by a guide who wanted to show me around. Being jetlagged I agreed without asking how much first (live and learn!!). It turned out to be 220 Baht (ouch!!)

    Unfortunately it was prayer time so I couldn't go inside the temple itself but my fairly useless guide showed me around the temples and the park area and the drums. It was unfortunate that I didn't get to see the Buddha properly. He did show me the other buddhas and attempted to explain which buddhas meant what. It was interesting and fairly relaxing to just wonder around the temple groups.

    All in all I thought it was pretty and a nice place to go but not on the must see list - but that could also be because I was tired and just want to check in to my hotel!

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    Wat Benchchamabophit

    by roamer61 Updated May 9, 2008

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    This Wat, also called the Marble Temple, is one of the most beautiful in all of Bangkok. It can be found near Dusit Park. Built by Rama V in 1899, it is one of the youngest monuments, yet one of the most beautiful. Inside is a lovely Sukhothai-style Buddha statue named Phra Buddhajinaraja. It is underneath here that the ashes of King Chulalongkorn are kept. In the inner courtyard is a sort of museum with an assortment of Buddhas from not only Thailand, but other Buddhist countries. One of the rarest of these is the so-called Starving Buddha (see photo).

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    Wat Benchamabophit

    by battlesmith Written Dec 21, 2007
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    The space occupied by the marble temple may be way too small for those who got lost in The Grand Palace. Its number of visitors may never parallel the figures of the scenic Wat Arun by the romantic Chao Phraya but that very fact explains why this attraction is so endearing.

    Slightly symmetric, the primary building in this complex commands serenity- marble walls, regal red roofs adorned by golden spikes, intricately designed stained glass windows and an almost empty quadrangle of some sort at the back for religious activities. Maybe it was a slow day for this Wat's ticketing office, but unlike sites that seemingly need the swarm of tourist to get the feel of a must-see location, Marble Temple is better appreciated without the crowd.

    I've a different religion by default and I'm not a big fan of praying and doing stuff, but this location, not the large golden Buddha or something else, got me seated quietly, with camera unattended, and for some time experience calmness, without the waiting taxicab driver in mind.

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    Simply Elegant

    by travelpug Written Sep 24, 2007

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    Front view of the temple

    I found that this temple which is made of marble looks gorgeous. It looks classy and clean. The buddha statue is a replica of the famous buddha statue in Phitsanulok. It looks very beautiful in front of a blue back wall. An interesting feature of Wat Becham is the stained glass windows which are very western influenced.

    Tips: Plan your visit to Wat Becham the same day as Vinmanmek Palace as they are located near to each other.

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    Find peace in capital city here

    by zazatann Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    The Marble Temple is situated on Sri Ayutthaya Road near Chitrada Palace. The temple is well-known because its main building was made of marble during the reign of King Rama V. The best time to visit the temple is the early hours in the morning when Buddhist is magnificently decorated with exposed wooded beams of lacquer and gold plate. A large collection of Bronze Buddha is lined up against the walls of the spacious inner courtyard.

    The main building is open to visitors until 17.00 hours. There is an admission charge of 20 Baht.

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